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CHIME Issues Comments on Temporary Certification Process
Date:4/9/2010

aintain market instability, said CHIME, an Ann Arbor, Mich.-based executive organization with more than 1,400 CIOs and senior IT members.

“The introduction of two separate certification schemes – one temporary and one permanent – carries a risk of continuing the uncertainty and promoting needless product replacement in the marketplace,” CHIME’s comment letter read.

To mitigate uncertainty, CHIME called for the temporary process to be a provisional or interim one that builds on current certification strategies and is “harmonized” with the eventual permanent certification process.

In its comments, CHIME asserts that the certification process should be the responsibility of the vendor, and that the purpose of certification should be to provide healthcare providers and professionals with assurance that the product they are purchasing can help them achieve meaningful use.

“Regulations surrounding certification must uphold a clear dichotomy of responsibility – healthcare providers are responsible for meaningfully using electronic health records system and supporting technologies, while vendors of healthcare IT products must ensure their EHR systems meet the certification criteria to support providers in achieving meaningful use,” CHIME said. “Any certification policy by federal agencies must actively reinforce this division of responsibility.”

Speed in enabling the certification process to proceed is critical to the industry’s efforts to implement clinical systems that providers then need to use in a meaningful way. “We cannot emphasize enough the need for a mechanism that enables the rapid analysis of currently certified programs so that they can be deemed approved after testing against criteria needed to achieve meaningful use,” CHIME said.

In CHIME’s comments, it also calls for more specificity in language to define what
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