The ONC has announced the approval of both CCHIT and the Drummond Group as agents for certifying interoperability and other standards for EMR. Both groups fulfilled the requirement of the ONC and the NIST.
This ruling should bring much relief to CCHIT and those vendors who have participated willingly and volunteered to develop and test the standards. CCHIT has been in operation since 2006.
Some were critical and concerned that CCHIT represented mainly vendors, while the Drummond Group would be more unbiased. Competition is always a good thing, and should enhance affordability for those vendors seeking certification for EMRs.
This is another ‘elephant for the boa constrictor to swallow.