HIMSS, CCHIT and Meaningful Use

Posted on May 15, 2009 I Written By

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I found this post about HIMSS, Meaningful Use and CCHIT to be really interesting. Here’s some highlights that I think are worth the read:

Will CCHIT certification be required?

CCHIT, a creature of the HIMSS vendor group, currently controls certification of Electronic Medical Record systems, and wants its certification to control meaningful use. It has lined up its allies (including consumer groups) to retain that power.

Conservatives are constantly harping on the idea that, if regulation is to exist, it must be simple, straightforward, and light. Focus on results, and let the market direct the rest.

In this case they are absolutely right. The question is whether the industry groups which supported the last conservative Administration are going to now step up to the plate and walk their talk, or use their influence to undermine what they claim is their cause.

So far self-interest is winning.

I think it’s hilarious they referred to CCHIT as a creature of HIMSS. Pretty much is the case. However, to the bigger point, I think HIMSS is winning their fight to protect their interests. Unfortunately, that’s at the loss to many doctors out there.