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85 Percent of Hospitals Select CCHIT Certified Products
Date:1/16/2009

bility, quality, interoperability and data portability, and security. With acute care EMR certification introduced just over a year ago, many hospital systems had already implemented their technology systems.

With the introduction of CCHIT certification for inpatient or acute care EMR products, support for the certification process remains strong among health IT purchasers at healthcare organizations. Here are comments from CIOs who shared their perspective on the value of CCHIT certification.    

"I fully support the certification commission and believe CCHIT Certified products are a great first step in ensuring health care information technology products eventually work together more seamlessly so we can share critical clinical data between different products. CCHIT can't do it alone and we need Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) and standards to continue evolving. I would only consider selecting a new clinical system if it complied with CCHIT." - Laureen O'Brien, CIO, Providence Health & Services, Portland, Ore. 1,341 beds

"The CCHIT certification on a product is a help to purchasers of EMRs in at least three ways. First, there is predictability about the level of functionality and interoperability in the product. Second, it helps purchasers hold the vendors accountable for the quality of their software. If something in the system met the certification criteria, but is not working, the vendor has an incentive to get it fixed quickly. Third, it is helpful to know the certification requirements for future enhancements. When we know the timeframes for increased functionality that vendors must adhere to in order maintain certification, we can plan our implementations better." - Carole Cotter, CIO, Newport Hospital, Newport, RI, 148 beds

"We already had our physician office and hospital software before CCHIT, but we do find it important. For our physician offices, there
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