CCHIT EHR Certification 2009 Public Comment Period

I’ve posted a lot of my comments and feelings about CCHIT certification. What can I say? I have strong feelings on the subject. Considering the comments and traffic to this site, it seems like a lot of people share my feelings.

Regardless of these feelings, I think it’s worthy to mention that CCHIT has opened up the CCHIT 09 Certification criteria for public comment. The EHR certification public comment period will be open until 5PM central daylight time on April 28th. You can read more details here.

Personally, I have a huge internal debate if I should even participate or comment on the criteria. I think they’re so off base, I don’t feel like my comments would have any significant impact on what CCHIT is doing. By commenting, I feel like I’m condoning the certification and encouraging CCHIT to do what it’s doing.

Some might say it’s like voting. “Don’t complain if you don’t vote.” Well, I think this is quite different. I think by not participating I’m voting that this certification isn’t worth my time and effort. Show me one that provides real proof of increasing EHR adoption and decreasing failure rates and I’ll happily participate.

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John Lynn

John Lynn

John Lynn is the Founder of the, a network of leading Healthcare IT resources. The flagship blog, Healthcare IT Today, contains over 13,000 articles with over half of the articles written by John. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 20 million times.

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