After ten years of working for the health IT community, the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT) announced it will conclude all of its operations immediately. CCHIT said that all pending work will be completed by November 14.
CCHIT was founded in 2004 by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), the American Health Information Management Association and the National Alliance for Health Information Technology. The non-profit organization was created to accelerate the adoption of health IT through EHR system certification programs that meet meaningful use incentive requirements created by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC).
The issue that sparked CCHIT’s decision of ending all operations seems to have started with an announcement made by the commission back in January. At the beginning of the year, CCHIT voluntarily withdrew from the ONC Health IT Certification Program and ended its independently-developed CCHIT EHR certification program. After ending EHR testing and its certification program, CCHIT continued to develop health IT policies and offered programs to increase interoperability between health IT products. The commission attributed this decision to the recent changes in meaningful use 2 certification, as well as the slowed the pace of ONC 2014 Edition certification and the unpredictable timing of future federal health IT program requirements – all of which made program and business planning for new services uncertain.
“We are concluding our operations with pride in what has been accomplished,” said Alisa Ray, CCHIT executive director, in a press release.
CCHIT will be donating its remaining assets to the HIMSS Foundation, the philanthropic arm of HIMSS that provides support and assistance to organization and the health IT industry.