On May 29, 2009, the Certification Commission for Healthcare Technology (CCHIT) released its recently developed criteria, test scripts, and the “Concise Guide to CCHIT Criteria” outlining the characteristics of a qualified electronic health record (EHR). This criteria relates to ambulatory, inpatient, enterprise, and emergency room electronic health records. The “Concise Guide to CCHIT Criteria”, which is specific to ambulatory and inpatient criteria only, highlights the 2009 changes. The criteria has been submitted to the Health Information Technology Standards Committee for review, and feedback is anticipated by August 26. Shortly thereafter, CCHIT will begin accepting applications for the certification programs. To access this article, click here.