CHICAGO – Dec. 13, 2012 – The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT) today announced plans to develop an IT framework for accountable care organizations (ACOs). The framework will identify the health IT infrastructure components necessary for a provider organization to function effectively as an ACO and help identify any gaps that would prevent them from meeting their goals as an ACO. CCHIT also appointed two new members to the Board of Trustees and made several reappointments.

“CCHIT has been the leader in developing criteria, and testing and certifying EHRs, for the past six years. We also recently became the compliance testing body for a consortium of health information exchanges representing more than half of the U.S. population,” said William Jessee, M.D., chair of the Board of Trustees.  “Building on that, and our successful CCHIT Certified® and Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) authorized EHR certification programs, we are looking at other opportunities that will complement our work, and we believe expanding into the ACO environment is one way to do that.”

Karen Bell, M.D., who was re-appointed Chair of the Certification Commission, will lead a blue ribbon advisory panel to develop the framework, which may serve as the basis for additional certification programs developed by CCHIT. Once the framework is in place, CCHIT plans to publish it so that it may educate and inform those who are working on ACO development.

CCHIT appointed Janet M. Corrigan, Ph.D., MBA; and Grace E. Terrell, M.D., M.M.M, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cornerstone Health Care, as new members of the Board of Trustees to serve three-year terms. CCHIT also re-elected three members to its Board of Trustees to serve three-year terms: Dr. Jessee, Senior Vice President/Senior Advisor, Integrated Healthcare Strategies, who also was re-elected chair; Lori Evans Bernstein, President, GSI Health; and Stephen K. Klasko, M.D., Chief Executive Officer, University of South Florida Health, and Dean, Morsani College of Medicine, USF.

Alisa Ray, Executive Director of CCHIT, also has been named Chief Executive Officer.

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 authorized by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as a certification body (ONC-ACB). CCHIT is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as a certification body for the ONC HIT Certification Program for electronic health record (EHR) technology and accredited by the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP) of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) as an Accredited Testing Laboratory (ATL) to test EHRs. More information on CCHIT is available at

CCHIT to develop framework for ACO infrastructure
By: HMT Mag
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