Standards News
EHRs get first CCHIT certification

The Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT) recently announced the first ambulatory electronic health record (EHR) products to attain CCHIT Certified status. Each system was tested on the following criteria: functionality — setting features and functions to meet a basic set of requirements, interoperability — enabling standards-based data exchange with other sources of healthcare information, and security — ensuring data privacy and robustness to prevent data loss.

Twenty EHR products achieved CCHIT CertifiedSM status. For the full list, visit:

NEMA unveils 2006 DICOM variation

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association has released a 16-part 2006 update of the DICOM (Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine) standard.

Of the new features, “dose reporting for radiation exposure will improve the documentation and quality of procedures,” said Peter Mildenberger, professor of radiology, University Hospital Mainz in German, and DICOM user co-chair. “The CT/MR cardiovascular analysis report will improve the workflow in computer-based evaluation, as well as communication of the results,” he added.

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Health IT panel creating standards for national network

The Healthcare Information Technology Standards Panel (HITSP) is developing high-level standards towards a nationwide health information network for the U.S. So far, 90 standards have been selected related to biosurveillance, consumer empowerment, and electronic healthcare records which have been identified by the American Health Information Community (AHIC). HITSP is tasked with harmonizing the standards required as part of a nationwide healthcare data network, and recently submitted an initial list of recommended standards.