URAC, an independent, nonprofit organization, is a well-known leader in promoting
healthcare quality through its accreditation, education, and measurement programs.
The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT) was founded
in 2004 through a collaboration of three health IT associations – HIMSS, the American
Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), and The National Alliance for
Health Information Technology (since dissolved) – to respond to a U.S. federal government
goal to provide most Americans with EHRs within 10 years, thereby enabling the transformation
of healthcare with information technology.
HON was founded to encourage the dissemination of quality health information for
patients and professionals and the general public, and to facilitate access to the
latest and most relevant medical data through the use of the internet.