The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT) came under fire again in February. Blogs were buzzing about its board’s conflicts of interest and the fact that its certification process favors large EMR vendors (because only they can afford the hefty certification fees).
So, What Do You Think? – Is CCHIT too conflicted to do a proper job of certifying EMR vendor offerings? Should CCHIT revise is certification fees (lower fees for all vendors, adopt scaled fees tied to trailing-year vendor revenue, etc.), thereby leveling the playing field for EMR vendors? Is all of this discussion moot because CCHIT is now irrelevant (ONCHIT and NIST will take the lead to develop HIT infrastructure and EMR certification standards)?
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