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CCHIT responds to proposed rule for Stage 2 Meaningful Use

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CHICAGO – May 8, 2012 –The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology has submitted its comments on the Notice of Proposed Rule Making, Health Information Technology: Standards, Implementation Specifications, and Certification Criteria for Electronic Health Record Technology, 2014 Edition.

“We appreciate the emphasis that the 2014 Edition places on interoperability, patient engagement and flexibility with respect to product composition,” said Karen M. Bell, MD, MMS, chair, CCHIT. “It has always been CCHIT’s intent and belief that certification programs should be designed to ‘raise the bar’ with each iteration and we are pleased to see that ONC also is moving in that direction.”

“Our comments and recommendations are based on a thorough, collaborative review of the proposed rule by our Commissioners and staff, all of whom have long experience in the field of HIT,” Bell said. “We believe that CCHIT’s experience as an Office of the National Coordinator Authorized Testing and Certification Body (ONC-ATCB), as well as our nearly eight-year history of developing criteria and testing tools in our independently developed electronic health record certification programs, can provide valuable insight as ONC moves forward with its program.”

The comments are available at

The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT®) is an independent, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with the public mission of accelerating the adoption of robust, interoperable health information technology. The Commission has been certifying electronic health record technology since 2006 and is approved by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as an Authorized Testing and Certification Body (ONC-ATCB).  More information on CCHIT, CCHIT Certified® products and ONC-ATCB certified electronic health record technology is available at

“CCHIT®” and “CCHIT Certified®” are registered trademarks of the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology.

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