The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT) was founded in 2004 and began certifying electronic health records (EHR) in 2006. In 2012, they joined forces with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC).

CCHIT announced in January that they would no longer be conducting EHR system testing or issuing ONC accreditation for meaningful use. Instead, the organization shifted its focus toward growing global health IT.

Though CCHIT succeeded as a private independent certification body and thrived in authorized ONC testing and certification, ONC 2014 Edition certification was moving slowly and the timing of future health IT requirements was left up in the air, leaving CCHIT hesitant to plan for new services. As business comes to a close, CCHIT has made plans to donate all remaining assets to the Health Information Management Systems Society.

CCHIT ended all of its business operations on November 14.

Author: Lauren Daniels