HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt on Thursday announced that the Certification Commission for Healthcare IT is the first group to be selected as a Recognized Certification Body, Government Technology reports.
As a Recognized Certification Body, CCHIT will help accelerate health IT adoption by ensuring products' functionality, interoperability and security. CCHIT when certifying products will use standards developed and selected by the Health IT Standards Panel, Government Technology reports.
Electronic health record software is considered interoperable if it has been approved by a Recognized Certification Body a year before it is donated to a health care provider, according to HHS rules on anti-kickback safe harbors and the Stark law, Government Technology reports.
"Our certification will ensure that EHR products donated to physicians by hospitals, health plans and others deliver interoperability along with all its attendant benefits," said Dr. Mark Leavitt, chair of CCHIT (Government Technology, 10/26).