Certification advancing at faster rate than last year

Certification of healthcare information technology is advancing at a faster rate than last year, according to Mark Leavitt, chair of the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology. Market acceptance of certification has increased, Mark Leavitt said.
Last year in the first four quarters of the Commission’s existence, it certified about 10 percent of the ambulatory healthcare IT product market per quarter. Now, in certifying the hospital market, the commission has so far certified six inpatient products out of 24 possible vendors. “This is about a quarter of the inpatient market, so we are ahead of last year,” said Mark Leavitt.
At a meeting hosted by the Department of Health and Human Services Monday, HHS Secretary Michael Leavitt praised CCHIT’s leadership. “We are making serious progress here and in large measures,” the secretary said.
Mark Leavitt, who gave a report before the HHS American Health Information Community, commended the six vendors recently certified for inpatient electronic health record products for  stepping up and being leaders. “This is a tough test we asked them to pass,” he said. “The test actually drilled deep. We had six applicants and all six passed so I can assure you that they prepared long and hard.”
{Comment: “It’s a sad day when a consumer representative praises a process to certify electronic health technology products that deny consumers control of personal health information. Regarding the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT) process for certifying electronic medical records, Nancy Davenport-Ennis said, “Thank you for keeping the patient at the center of your universe.”  CCHIT-certified EHRs (electronic health records) are not held to any standards of privacy—ie consumer control of access to data. CCHIT has really placed consumers at the center of the bulls-eye for data mining. CCHIT certifyies products that actually violate patients’ privacy rights under strong state and common law and medical ethics. Today, consumers are in GREAT danger because the majority of EHR and PHR products contractually grant vendors ownership and/or use of the data. Consumers should ask hospitals and clinics: Does your electronic record system give ownership and use of the data to the technology vendor who built your system? Think about it—it’s outrageous for consumers to have to worry about who is stealing their health information when they are sick.”~ Dr. Deborah Peel, Patient Privacy Rights}

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