Health care organizations that developed their own electronic health records systems likely will be able to get them certified as being compliant with the meaningful use requirements of the federal EHR incentive program next year.
The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology next year plans to develop a “site certification” program for hospitals and physician groups that use self-developed EHRs or a mix of commercial and proprietary applications, says Mark Leavitt, M.D., chair of the Chicago-based organization. The effort also will offer certification for those organizations that use an older, commercial clinical system that’s been heavily customized, he notes.
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