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CCHIT Launches Alternative Hospital EHR Certification Program

The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology has launched an alternative electronic health record certification program for hospitals that have uncertified legacy software, customized commercial products, or have developed their own EHR systems to suit their individual needs.

The program, called EHR Alternative Certification for Hospitals, offers online learning programs to prepare applicants for testing and certification; online inventory and self-assessment tools to help hospitals evaluate how their installed EHR technology measures up to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology’s criteria and standards; and hands-on support by CCHIT staff and access to an online community of hospitals participating in the program.  “The EACH program is being piloted in three hospitals, and we’ve gotten very positive feedback on the quality and helpfulness of the tools we offer to hospitals seeking certification,” said CCHIT executive director Alisa Ray.

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