Certification advancing at faster rate than last year

CHICAGO - 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."

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