Fred Trotter on open source and the new CCHIT certifications

by CCHIT Staff on June 25, 2009

We recently unveiled new options for CCHIT certification in a series of Town Calls. One of those calls was specifically designed to address the guidance we had received from the open source and FOSS (free and open source software) community.

One of the strong voices with that community is Fred Trotter, a staunch supporter of the FOSS for health care. He was a vocal and forthright critic of CCHIT’s previous certification scope, especially as it applied to the open source community.

CCHIT listened and then worked to incorporate the open source community’s feedback. And now, we are pleased that these changes are being well received.

Recently, Trotter offered his feedback on the efforts in a post entitled “Embracing the new CCHIT certifications“:

I am happy to say that Mark, Dennis and the other members of the CCHIT team have won my respect and appreciation with how they have taken a 90 degree turn from being an organization that was largely ignorant regarding the health FOSS movement to one that listened and engaged carefully, and has now come back with a plan for certification that I personally, and from what I can tell the FOSS community generally, can embrace.

This post is me doing that. At this stage I am comfortable recommending (to whoever is making the decision) that CCHIT be allowed to be one organization allowed to certify for ARRA funding, under their new EHR-C/EHR-M/EHR-S certification model.

For more, read Fred Trotter’s thoughts on the new CCHIT certifications.

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1 Stephen Gothard 07.02.09 at 7:39 am

Fred,

I agree with your assesment completely. One thing I would like to see updated ASAP is the Physician Guide. That will really tell us if the FOSS is embraced. Also, I think CCHIT needs to highlight the cost divide between large proprietary EMR vendor’s and FOSS. The physician community seems to be hearing only one story. FOSS doesn’t have a bus tour or endless marketing dollars. What it does have is a solid solution that is now CCHIT and HIPAA compliant and a couple of legislators who would like the FOSS stroy told (for one view see Sen. John D. Rockefeller, April 23, 2009)

2 Stephen Gothard 07.02.09 at 7:40 am

Fred,

I agree with your assesment completely. One thing I would like to see updated ASAP is the Physician Guide. That will really tell us if the FOSS is embraced. Also, I think CCHIT needs to highlight the cost divide between large proprietary EMR vendor’s and FOSS. The physician community seems to be hearing only one story. FOSS doesn’t have a bus tour or endless marketing dollars. What it does have is a solid solution that is now CCHIT and HIPAA compliant and a couple of legislators who would like the FOSS story told (for one view see Sen. John D. Rockefeller, April 23, 2009)

3 EMR Benefits 08.06.09 at 3:41 pm

Is it great to hear about an Open Source EMR? Yes. But it’s not so hot if they open source the certifications. It makes the certifications worthless if just about anyone has an EMR.

4 md 09.20.09 at 7:14 am

This is great news. It was very upsetting last year when reading about how CCHIT was essentially making it impossible for FOSS to get into EMR. I assumed it was an effect of being “bought-out” by the commercial interests within CCHIT.

As a side note, rather that dumping money on entities for switching to an EMR, the Fed SHOULD have been investing money in funding Open Source technologies that everyone (including commercial EMR vendors) can use and build upon.

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