CCHIT chair to retire in March 2010

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The Certification Commission for Health IT (CCHIT) announced last week that Mark Leavitt, MD, PhD, is planning to retire from his role as chair of the commission on March 31, 2010.

“Having the privilege to launch and lead this…organization has been one of the most rewarding and educational experiences of my life,” Leavitt said.

Founded in 2004, and a federally recognized certifying body since 2006, the CCHIT has certified more than 200 EHR products for doctor’s offices, hospitals and emergency rooms, representing more than 85 percent of the market. In October, the organization opened applications for 2011 EHR certification, with two distinct pathways–one offering maximum assurance of EHR capabilities for providers, the other offering maximum flexibility for technology innovations–and will soon announce the first products and technologies certified under those two new programs.

The Board of Trustees has initiated a national search for a successor.

"The search for [Mark's] successor will be open and transparent so we maintain the confidence of our many constituents,” said H. Stephen Lieber, chair of the Board of Trustees.

CCHIT trustee Frank Trembulak, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Geisinger Health System, will chair the search committee.