Thursday, June 04, 2009

CCHIT 2009-2010 Criteria Published; Timelines Changed

CCHIT final materials from the 09 development cycle and a new Concise Guide to CCHIT Criteria are now available. The new guide maps the criteria to the requirements of an ARRA-qualified EHR and highlights the 09 changes.

CCHIT is transitioning its timelines to adapt to the new requirements of ARRA as well as the still-emerging work of ONC and its committees. Instead of immediately launching 09 certification programs, CCHIT submitted the criteria to the HIT Standards Committee for review, and we anticipate some degree of feedback by August 26, 2009. CCHIT will begin accepting applications for 2009-2010 programs as soon as possible after receiving feedback and resolving any gaps.


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Ashley said...

Sophrona Solutions partners with ASCRS/ASOA to equip members with Secure Messaging, a tool for excellence in patient customer service.

Minneapolis, MN (May 21, 2009) -- Sophrona Solutions, the leader in online patient communication solutions for ophthalmology, announces a partnership with ASCRS/ASOA. Through this relationship, ASCRS/ASOA members now have one more way to deliver excellence in customer service to patients. Sophrona will provide members with important discounts on Secure Messaging – a tool that is HIPAA Secure and gives patients the 24/7 convenience consumers have come to expect.

While the societies can deliver on one of their key goals for the year, this relationship seals Sophrona’s position as the industry leader in ophthalmology for online 24/7 patient communication. At the same time, ASCRS/ASOA members will have access to Sophrona’s Secure Messaging efficiency enhancing patient communication tool at a steep discount.
Indeed, most important are the benefits that this partnership will provide to consumers. Sophrona offers clinics and patients the same convenience we have all come to expect with email, but packaged as a specialized application for healthcare practices called Secure Messaging. While email is used to notify patients of a new message, the emails themselves contain no personal health information and only prompt the patient to login to the patient portal to view their message securely. Access through the patient portal makes the communication completely safe and compliant with HIPAA privacy rules. Like email, Secure Messaging allows the patient and practice to engage in conversation on their own timeline. A patient can inquire about a bill without having to hold on the phone or can request a prescription re-fill at midnight. At the same time, clinic staff does not need to respond immediately, but can do so when convenient for them.
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