The Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT) announced that Department of Defense’s product AHLTA Version 3.3 is pre-market, conditionally CCHIT Certified, and meets CCHIT ambulatory electronic health record (EHR) criteria for 2006.
Pre-market, conditionally certified EHRs are new products that are fully certified once their operational use at a physician office site has been verified.
“This is a monumental accomplishment for the Department of Defense, and we are very proud that AHLTA has met all of CCHIT’s compliance criteria and passed its rigorous inspection,” said Dr. S. Ward Casscells, assistant secretary of defense for health affairs. “It is due in large part to the vision and persistence of Dr. Bill Winkenwerder, my predecessor.”
Ambulatory EHRs are designed for physician offices and clinics where most Americans get their healthcare. CCHIT is a recognized certification body in the United States for certifying health information technology products – an independent, nonprofit organization that sets the benchmark for EHRs.
As a CCHIT certified product, AHLTA has been tested and passed inspection of 100 percent of a set of criteria for:
-- functionality (ability to create and manage electronic records for all patients, as well as automating workflow in a physician’s office),
-- interoperability (a first step in the ability to receive and send electronic data to other entities such as laboratories), and
-- security (ability to keep patients’ information safe).
The goals of CCHIT product certification are to; reduce the risk of HIT investment by physicians and other providers; ensure interoperability of HIT products; enhance the availability of HIT adoption incentives from purchasers and payers; and protect the privacy of personal health information.