The Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT) said that it will publish environmental scans – the first step in developing electronic health record (EHR) certification for 2008 – from each of its 10 work groups on Sept. 13 this year. Publication of the materials will kick off a 30-day public comment period during which industry representatives and healthcare stakeholders are invited to submit input.
Environmental scans will be produced by work groups in the following ten areas: foundation; ambulatory; inpatient; network (health information exchanges); emergency department; cardiovascular medicine; child health; interoperability; security; and privacy and compliance.
After the environmental scans, the next step in development will be a first draft of the 2008 criteria, which the Chicago-based CCHIT plans to publish for review and comment in late November.
In related news, the organization announced that the application period for inpatient EHR certification ends today. The first certified inpatient EHR products are scheduled to be announced in late October. The next inpatient application period will open Nov. 1.