The Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT) has published its approved final criteria for certification of inpatient and emergency department (ED) electronic health record (EHR) products, as well as an enterprise EHR certification for vendors that provide ambulatory, inpatient and ED EHRs that are interoperable. The publication of the materials concludes the commission's development work on EHR certification for the CCHIT Certified 2008 program. Meanwhile, the American Health Information Community is recommending that the federal government prepare for a future health IT landscape that includes storage of genetic data within EHRs and personal health records so that doctors can match medical treatments to their genes.
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