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CHIME and HIMSS will recognize Charles

Christian named CHIME-HIMSS 2010 CIO of the Year w

E. Christian, FCHIME, FHIMSS, as the recipient of the 2010 John E. Gall Jr. CIO of the Year Award. Christian is chief information offi cer at Good Samaritan Hospital, a 102-year-old, free-standing, acute-care community hospital in Vin- cennes, Ind. He will receive the award at the 2011 Annual HIMSS Conference and Exhibition in Orlando, Fla., on Feb. 22. The honor recognizes healthcare IT

executives who have made signifi cant contributions to their organization and demonstrated innovative leadership through effective use of technology. The award is named in honor of the late John E. Gall Jr.,


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who pioneered implementation of the fi rst fully integrated medical information system in the world at California’s El C

Camino Hospital in the 1960s.

Christian is now in his 22nd year as CIO at Good Samaritan and his 40th year in healthcare. In his CIO role, he is responsible for all information technolo- gy activities throughout the enterprise. Christian is a fellow of both CHIME and HIMSS, formerly served on the CHIME board of trustees and is a past-


chair of the HIMSS board of directors. Christian is currently serving on the Indiana Health Informatics Corporation board of directors by appointment of Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels.

ONC issues fi nal rule for permanent HIT certifi cation program


The Offi ce of the National Coordinator for Health In-

formation Technology (ONC) issued a fi nal rule on Jan. 3, 2011 to establish the permanent certifi cation program for health information technology (HIT). The program provides new features that will enhance the certifi cation of HIT, including “increasing the comprehensiveness, transparency, reliability and effi ciency of the current processes used for the certification of electronic health-record (EHR) technology.”

Meaningful use of “certifi ed EHR technology” is a core requirement for eligible healthcare providers who seek to qualify to receive incentive payments under the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record Incentive Programs as authorized by the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act. “This fi nal rule completes the two-phased ap- proach ONC began with the proposed rule issued in spring 2010 and includes several important improvements to our certifi cation processes,” says David Blumenthal, M.D., M.P.P., national coordina- tor for health information technology. “Our goal is to

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make the transition to the permanent certifi cation program as seamless as possible.” The temporary certifi cation program, established through a fi nal rule published on June 24, 2010, will continue to be in effect until it sunsets on Dec. 31, 2011, or at a later date when the processes necessary for the permanent certifi cation program to operate are completed. Features of the permanent certifi cation program include: Organizations must fi rst be accredited in order to test and/or certify health information technology; Certifi cation bodies authorized by the National Coordinator (ONC-authorized certifi ca- tion bodies or ONC-ACBs) are required to conduct post-certifi cation surveillance; and ONC-ACBs are permitted to perform “gap certifi cation.” ONC is requesting that the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), through its National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Pro- gram (NVLAP), develop a laboratory accreditation program for organizations to be accredited to test health information technology for purposes of the permanent certifi cation program. Learn more at cation.


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