CCHIT opens EHR drafts for comment
The first draft of criteria for behavioral health EHRs–both standalone and as an optional add-on to comprehensive ambulatory EHR certification–as well as add-on certifications for clinical research and dermatology, has been opened for public comment by the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT).

The first round of comments ends on Dec. 11. After additional rounds of comment and refinement, these new certification options will be made available to vendors in July 2010, CCHIT said.

CCHIT also plans to open public comment from Dec. 14, 2009, through Jan. 12, 2010, on the first round of criteria for Long Term and Post Acute Care (LTPAC) EHRs. The first priority for this new domain is development of a core set of criteria for the collection of care settings encompassed in LTPAC and specific criteria for the first two settings–skilled nursing facilities and home health agencies. These certification programs are also scheduled for a July 2010 launch.

Comments on the new EHR certification drafts will only be taken through the CCHIT Web site.