CCHIT Announces Plans To Cease Operations by Nov. 14

October 31, 2014 in News

On Tuesday, the Certification Commission for Health IT announced that it is shutting down all operations, Health Data Management reports.

Background

In 2004, three health IT associations — including the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society and the American Health Information Management Association — came together to create CCHIT to provide services for health IT products and educate health care providers and IT developers (Slabodkin, Health Data Management, 10/28).

In January 2014, CCHIT announced that it would no longer offer Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT testing and certification services for the meaningful use incentive program. Instead, the organization said it would launch new health IT programs, including a partnership with the HIMSS (iHealthBeat, 1/29).

Details of Closing

In a statement, CCHIT Executive Director Alisa Ray said, “CCHIT’s trustees decided that, in the current environment, operations should be carefully brought to a close” (Dvorak, FierceHealthIT, 10/29).

Specifically, Ray cited “the slowing pace of ONC 2014 Edition certification and the unreliable timing of future federal health IT program requirements made program and business planning for new services uncertain” (CCHIT release, 10/28).

According to the statement, all work is slated to end on Nov. 14, and the not-for-profit organization’s remaining assets will be donated, primarily its intellectual property, to the HIMSS Foundation (Health Data Management, 10/28).

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