The trade organization HIMSS — Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society — is lobbying to play a central role in determining the certification requirements for electronic health records.
According to the Washington Post, the HIMSS group wants a say in what dictates “meaningful use” for electronic health records, or EHRs, through advocacy of its own certification commission. The group at the center of the controversy is the Certification Commission of Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT), a non-profit that is an closely tied to HIMSS.
While CCHIT holds a Department of Health and Human Services contract for over $7 million dollars, critics assert that it is betrothed to EHR software vendors. Several CCHIT board members are members of the trade group, HIMSS.
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