More from David Tao on his experiences with CCHIT and the certification process.
One thing I learned is that no group can please all the people all the time. Sometimes, people wondered why we proposed some criteria and not others, or proposed the timeframes that we did. So we tried to explain these “whys” in a white paper Interoperability, Supplying the Building Blocks for a Patient-centered EHR in mid-2009 which still exists on the website of writer John Morrissey. It described the context for what we were doing and the “methodical march” to increasing levels of information interoperability that we proposed. I don’t think this was well understood by the public, who might have thought some of what we did was arbitrary. But here’s what was in our mind (well, I can only speak for myself – mine at least).