Today in Government Health IT it was announced the ONC has already set up 4 vendors for the Stage 2 of Meaningful Use.  The names will look familiar as they were also in on Stage One which makes sense.

Certification Commission for Health IT (CCHIT), Drummond Group Inc., ICSA Laboratories Inc., and InfoGard Laboratories Inc. are the 4 that are ready for Stage 2.  CCHIT was the first group that began certifying everyone when Meaningful Use began with Stage One and the others were added later during the first phase.image

The ONC has created a page to assist in clarifying where you can look up each stage of certification for each EHR product. When looking for a medical records system and what version of the software is certified, this page can offer some help.  As you can read it is here where you request your ID for registration and attesting.  It’s a good idea to bookmark this page.

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To browse the CHPL and review the comprehensive listing of certified EHR products, follow the steps outlined below:

  1. Select the EHR Certification Criteria Edition for attestation (2011 Edition, Combination of 2011 and 2014 Edition, 2014 Edition)
    2011 Edition – List of EHR products that are certified to 2011 Edition certification criteria.
    2014 Edition – List of EHR products that are certified to 2014 Edition certification criteria.Combination of 2011 and 2014 Edition – List of EHR products that are certified to 2011 Edition certification criteria AND/OR equivalent 2014 Edition certification criteria.
  2. Select Practice Type (Ambulatory or Inpatient). Practice Type selection available only for ‘2011 Edition’ and ‘Combination of 2011 and 2014 Edition’ attestation
  3. Select the “Browse” button to view the list of all CHPL products

To obtain a CMS EHR Certification ID, follow the steps outlined below:

  1. Select the EHR Certification Criteria Edition for attestation (2011 Edition, Combination of 2011 and 2014 Edition, 2014 Edition)
  2. Select Practice Type (Ambulatory or Inpatient). Practice Type selection available only for ‘2011 Edition’ and ‘Combination of 2011 and 2014 Edition’ attestation
  3. Search for certified complete EHR products or EHR modules by browsing all products, searching by product name, CHPL product number, vendor name, product classification, or criteria met. A search by clinical quality measures (CQMs) is available only for 2014 Edition attestation
  4. Add certified complete EHR product(s) or a combination EHR module(s) to cart to determine if selected product(s) meet 100% of the required criteria to demonstrate meaningful use
  5. Request a CMS EHR Certification ID for CMS registration or attestation

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“Four organizations have been authorized as ready to start testing and certifying electronic health records for the 2014 Edition Standards and Certification Criteria, which were published in coordination with the meaningful use stage 2 final rule.

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT announced Jan. 11 the readiness for the certifiers to start accepting applications for EHR product approval. Drummond has provided EHR software developers and vendors a Decision Guide that bridges the knowledge gap between ONC’s 2011 and 2014 Edition criteria. It aims to help reduce the complexity of determining what to do to meet meaningful use stage 2 requirements.”