Long-Term Care-Nursing Homes EHR-Systems Functional Profile: Release 1. 1. BACKGROUND

07/01/2008

In late 2006, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) authorized and funded the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT) to expand its certification scope of work and begin addressing EHR products to include ambulatory medical specialties and specialized care settings. Key stakeholders in the long-term care community, led by the joint efforts of the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (AAHSA), the American Health Care Association (AHCA), and the National Association for the Support of Long-Term Care (NASL), petitioned CCHIT for the inclusion of nursing homes in this expanded scope of certification activity. In March 2007, CCHIT officially announced their “Roadmap” for expansion of product certification -- and nursing homes were included. Actual certification of nursing home EHR products is anticipated in 2010.

In creating the certification criteria for nursing home EHR products, CCHIT will draw heavily on the requirements published in the 2007 HL7 EHR-S FM standard, as well as the industry specific requirements identified in the LTC-NH EHR-S Functional Profile.

While the HL7 EHR-S FM provides a reference list of functions that may be present in an EHR-S, the nursing home community has developed this LTC Functional Profile that identifies the subset of functions from the model that reflects the unique aspects and needs for EHR systems in the long-term care setting. CCHIT will use the LTC EHR-S Functional Profile as a reference when they develop the functionality, interoperability, and security requirements for certified NH EHR-S products.


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