National Program Will Track Innovations in Health IT

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology plans to continually collect and disseminate information about innovative health IT under development or about to be introduced. The purpose "is to maintain a comprehensive understanding and awareness of current and impending innovations and technology trends related to health information technology," according to the government. The program will offer a means for federal agencies, HIT developers and others to stay abreast of emerging breakthroughs that could advance care delivery.—For more information, visit Initiative to Support Innovation Scanning

CCHIT Offers Customized EHR Certification Program for Hospitals

The Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology in January launched an electronic health record certification for hospitals. The EHR Alternative Certification for Hospitals, or EACH, is an ONC-certification program for installed hospital EHR technology. EACH offers: a series of self-paced, online learning programs designed to prepare applicants for testing and certification; online inventory and self-assessment tools to help hospitals evaluate how their installed EHR technology measures up to ONC's criteria and standards; and additional hands-on support from CCHIT staff and access to an online community of other hospital participants.

CHIME to Hold Boot Camp in April for Health Care CIOs

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives will hold an intensive and highly interactive education program for health care CIOs, their direct reports and other IT professionals April 16-19 in Chicago.—Visit