EHR Certification – The Race for First

Posted on September 9, 2010 I Written By

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I have a lot more to say about EHR certification and the battle we’re about to see between Drummond Group and CCHIT for EMR vendors, but I’m about to leave for an interesting conference on meaningful use, EMR and HIE. Although, I did want to just start the conversation on becoming a certified EHR.

It seems like the battle is just beginning to try and secure EHR vendors under a certain certification. One of the competitive differences right now is about speed. Which EHR certification body will be the first to certify an EHR under the ARRA guidelines. It will be a big PR move for the first EHR vendor and should benefit Drummond Group or CCHIT to be first.

From the dates that I’ve heard, Drummond Group seems like they’ll be accepting applications for certification first (near the end of this month). CCHIT will be doing it at the beginning of October. It will be interesting to see how quickly Drummond Group will be able to turn around the EHR certification results.

Plus, one other wrinkle in this area is that CCHIT is giving priority to the EHR vendors that are already CCHIT Certified or Preliminary ARRA certified. This means the other 250+ EHR vendors are being treated as second class citizens. You can guess where that larger part of the EHR market is going for their certification: Drummond Group.