The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT) is the body responsible for certifying electronic health record systems in the US since 2006. However, their role may be changing given some of the recent announcements. Chris Thorman has an excellent piece analyzing the situation and how CCHIT’s influence might change in the future. He’s titled his piece “EMR Ratings: How relevant is CCHIT certification in the HITECH era?” Thorman sees the possibilities of CCHIT’s influence either increasing or decreasing and identifies three reasons supporting both possibilities. He’s done a very good job on the piece so I don’t have much to add. My only quibble would be surrounding the notion of certification in health care, but that’s a topic for another day.