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.