After 14 months ONCHIT has still not been able to define the EHR certification process. It is time to kill it dead.
The original intent of certification, as I understand it, was to ensure that purchasers of EHRs would buy systems that met a certain level of capability (presumably meaningful use). Now ONCHIT is contradicting the original spirit of that concept by encouraging healthcare providers to proceed with their meaningful use projects on products without certification criteria. Providers are understandably reticent since they don’t want all of their efforts to go to waste if they cannot be assured that their products are certifiable.
It is possible, maybe even likely, that providers will achieve meaningful use with a combination of applications. So why should any one of them have to be certified as having the ability to meet all of the meaningful use criteria?
Certification is blocking EHR progress. There is one rational solution: BANG.
What do you think? Do I have my facts right?