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CCHIT CertificationCCHIT has published the following CCHIT Certified® 08 Ambulatory EHR documents for your review and preparation. The first round of applications for certification under the Ambulatory EHR 08 criteria will be accepted from July 1 to July 14, followed by additional application windows later in the year. The first CCHIT Certified 08 Ambulatory EHR products will be announced in October. Along with its third version of certification for ambulatory EHRs, the Commission is introducing optional, additional certifications for ambulatory EHRs intended for use in Cardiovascular Medicine and Child Health.

5 Steps to Certification

  1. Review the Certification Handbook and Certification Agreement.
    The Handbook provides a program overview, defines product eligibility,describes the inspection process, outlines juror requirements and a complaint process, and provides CCHIT Certified marketing guidelines. The Certification Agreement details the relationship between CCHIT and your organization for the purposes of certification.
  2. Review the Test Scripts and additional clarification.
    The Test Scripts outline the specific procedural steps that you must meet to demonstrate conformance with the CCHIT certification criteria. The Test Scripts represent real life medical scenarios against which an EHR product can be tested. Applicants must prepare for their inspection by reviewing and practicing their demonstration of the Test Scripts. It has been proven time and again that applicants who had prepared and practiced the Test Scripts completed the inspection process more quickly and required less repeat testing to demonstrate that their product met the criteria.
  3. Review the Application Form and How to Apply.
    All applications are first completed electronically. Then, CCHIT must two (2) signed agreements and payment within five (5) business days of applying for the product application to be accepted for testing within the available testing period.
  4. Prepare and Submit Self-Attestation Materials.
    Self-attestation materials as required in Scenario #5 of the Test Scripts must be submitted and pass a desktop review. Testing is scheduled only after that review establishes that the product is eligible for inspection. CCHIT has developed Self-Attestation Guidance to help you in this regard. Use the Self-Attestation Submission Form to submit materials.
  5. Schedule a Test Date.
    You will be invited to schedule an available inspection date after you have completed the previous steps. After that date is confirmed, CCHIT staff will work with you to coordinate the inspection.

To get all the criteria documents and test scripts, please visit


Last Updated ( Sunday, 25 May 2008 22:25 )  

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