ONC Names 4 Groups to Certify EHRs in 2014

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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. Continue reading: ONC Names 4 Groups to Certify EHRs in 2014

American Academy of Family Practice Physicians Rank Praxis the #1 EMR–Survey

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The Praxis EMR was voted the top medical records system in all categories with a survey from the AAFP.  Praxis is the “no template” medical records system that “learns” how you write in a software program.  Like any medical records system it has a small learning curve but once physicians have the “learning” portion of the software in place, the reduction in time and effort really begins to pay off.  The association looked at 31 different software systems.  Continue reading: American Academy of Family Practice Physicians Rank Praxis the #1 EMR–Survey

Cerner Buys EHR Certified Software Anasazi Ambulatory Behavioral Software Solutions

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Cerner Anasazi will allow healthcare providers access to information they may use in a productive manner while facilitating transitions in health care. The takeover is expected to close in November 2012.  Continue reading: Cerner Buys EHR Certified Software Anasazi Ambulatory Behavioral Software Solutions

GE Healthcare Announces New Solutions to Support EMR Meaningful Use

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“2011 will be a critical year for adopting meaningful use and GE Healthcare continues to lead the way by delivering solutions that can help healthcare providers easily and quickly achieve their goals,” said Jim Corrigan, Vice President and General Manager of GE Healthcare IT. “Our broad solution portfolio offers healthcare providers the tools they need to lower costs and gain better control of the information in their practices – whether they are working a small primary care practice or a large academic hospital or something in between.”

Allscripts MyWay™ Electronic Health Record Receives ONC-ATCB Certification by Drummond Group

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CHICAGO, Dec. 15, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — Allscripts MyWay EHR version 9.0 has received Complete EHR Ambulatory certification — deeming the Electronic Health Record (EHR) software capable of enabling providers to meet the Stage 1 meaningful use measures required to qualify for funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Tested and certified under the Drummond Group’s Electronic Health Records Office of the National Coordinator Authorized Testing and Certification Body (ONC-ATCB) program, the EHR software is 2011/2012 compliant in accordance with the criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services.  

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“The certification of our MyWay EHR provides physicians in independent practice and small groups an electronic health record that is simple, easy to use and that works the way their practice works, while positioning them to qualify for federal incentives under ARRA,” said Glen Tullman, Chief Executive Officer of Allscripts. “Allscripts is committed to providing physicians and hospitals with the certified solutions they need to take full advantage of this important federal program, which we believe will ultimately lead to better health outcomes for all Americans.”

Drummond Group’s ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 certification program tests and certifies that EHRs meet the meaningful use criteria for either eligible provider or hospital technology. In turn, healthcare providers using the EHR systems of certified vendors are qualified to receive federal stimulus monies upon demonstrating meaningful use of the technology — a key component of the federal government’s push to improve clinical care delivery through the adoption and effective use of EHRs by U.S. healthcare providers.

Allscripts MyWay version 9.0, which met the requirements for a Complete EHR Ambulatory, is available as both a hosted SaaS (Software as a Service) and on-premise solution, and offers robust capabilities for electronic health as well as practice management and claims management. The solution is designed to help independent and smaller physician practices overcome cost and IT complexity barriers.

Allscripts Enterprise, Professional and PeakPractice EHRs, as well as Allscripts ED Emergency Department Information System, were all previously certified 2011/2012 compliant by Drummond Group or other ONC-ATCBs.  Allscripts Sunrise Enterprise acute care EHR is expected to receive ONC-ATCB certification before the end of the year.

“The need for EHRs in the U.S. healthcare system has been acknowledged for many years. Drummond Group is proud to work with leading healthcare vendors and help them offer certified technologies to health providers across the country. With more than 10 years of software testing experience carried out in several industries, we are confident in our ability to offer an effective and cost-efficient testing process to the healthcare industry,” says Rik Drummond, CEO of Drummond Group. “The snowball effect could mean great things for clinical care in our country. We can help IT vendors certify their EHR systems – vendors can then help providers implement the EHR solutions to achieve meaningful use and receive incentive funds – and ultimately providers can leverage the systems to improve clinical care across the nation.”

This Complete EHR is 2011/2012 compliant and has been certified by Drummond Group, an ONC-ATCB approved to certify any complete or modular EHR both ambulatory and inpatient, in accordance with the applicable certification criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. This certification does not represent an endorsement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services or guarantee the receipt of incentive payments. Allscripts, 12/08/2010, MyWay EHR version 9.0, certification number 12082010-8725-1, Clinical Quality Measures Certified: NQF0002, NQF0013, NQF0024, NQF0028, NQF0031, NQF0038, NQF0041, NQF0043, NQF0421; additional software used: email and spreadsheet software.

About Allscripts

Allscripts (Nasdaq: MDRX) provides innovative solutions that empower all stakeholders across the healthcare continuum to deliver world-class outcomes. The company’s clinical, financial, connectivity and information solutions for hospitals, physicians and post-acute organizations are the essential technologies that enable a connected community of health. To learn more about Allscripts, please visit www.allscripts.com, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

About Drummond Group

Drummond Group, Inc., the trusted software test lab, provides effective and efficient electronic health record (EHR) testing to healthcare information technology vendors.  As an office of the National Coordinator Authorized Testing and Certification Body (ONC-ATCB), Drummond Group works closely with healthcare software vendors to certify EHRs for use by providers that are looking to qualify for incentive funds under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).  Drummond Group is approved to certify both complete and module EHR for both ambulatory and inpatient. Leveraging more than a decade’s worth of interoperability, conformance testing and certification experience in multiple industries, Drummond Group delivers what’s needed in healthcare: highly reliable and readily affordable software testing services.  For more information, go to www.drummondgroup.com.

ONC-ATCB Update: Certified EHR Product List (CHPL 1.0)

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The Office of the National Coordinator Certified Health IT Product List (ONC-ATCB CHPL) is constantly being updated with newly certified EHRs.  Continue reading: ONC-ATCB Update: Certified EHR Product List (CHPL 1.0)

InfoGard Laboratories: Security Specialists in HIT

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We thought we would take the time to run some background on the latest electronic medical record software certifying organization to appear on the ONC-CHPL, InfoGard. We wanted to figure out why they aren’t as prominent on the ONC-CHPL as Drummond and CCHIT.  It was found that there is in fact good reason.  Apparently, they are “kind of a big deal” in development of Meaningful Use guidelines… Continue reading: InfoGard Laboratories: Security Specialists in HIT

McKesson’s Horizon Clinicals Receives ONC-ATCB Certification via Drummond Group

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Advanced Electronic Health Record to Help Providers Achieve Meaningful Use and More

ATLANTA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–McKesson’s Horizon Clinicals®, the industry’s most comprehensive software suite used by clinicians, patients and healthcare executives to promote high quality, safe care, has received Complete EHR certification — deeming the software capable of enabling providers to meet the Stage 1 meaningful use measures required to qualify for funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Tested and certified under the Drummond Group’s Electronic Health Records Office of the National Coordinator Authorized Testing and Certification Body (ONC-ATCB) program, the EHR software is 2011/2012 compliant in accordance with the criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. Continue reading: McKesson’s Horizon Clinicals Receives ONC-ATCB Certification via Drummond Group

e-MDs Solution Series™ Receives ONC-ATCB Certification from Drummond Group

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AUSTIN, Texas, Nov. 18, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — e-MDs announced today that their electronic health record (EHR) and practice management (PM) software, e-MDs Solution Series™ Version 7.0, has been tested and certified by Drummond Group’s Electronic Health Records Office of the Nation Coordinator Authorized Testing and Certification Body (ONC-ATCB) program which provides meaningful use certifications for EHR systems and applications.  With this certification, e-MDs providers will be eligible to receive Meaningful Use funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Continue reading: e-MDs Solution Series™ Receives ONC-ATCB Certification from Drummond Group

MedInformatix’ EHR Solutions Achieve ONC Meaningful Use Certification

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LOS ANGELES, Nov. 12, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — MedInformatix, Inc. today announced that its full suite of Electronic Health Records (EHR) is among the industry’s first to achieve certification under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)’ Office of National Coordinator (ONC) for Health IT’s Stage 1 meaningful use under provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Austin, Texas-based Drummond Group Inc., one of the first organizations that ONC has ordained as an Authorized Testing and Certification Body (ATCB) of EHR products, has certified that MedInformatix technology is capable of supporting eligible professionals (EPs), such as radiologists, and eligible hospitals (EHs) efforts to achieve meaningful IT use goals and objectives. “Meaningful use,” under Federal Government financial incentive programs, requires IT to enhance healthcare quality, patient safety, improve outcomes and lower costs.

Drummond tested MedInformatix’ EHR products over two weeks in October, approving the suite and listing it on HHS’ Certified Health IT Products Listing (CHPL).

“Many of the EHR system capabilities required for ONC certification had already been built into our products,” said Michele Jones, MedInformatix’ director of marketing. “This includes the system’s e-Prescribing (eRx) module, which enables practices to more quickly and accurately communicate with pharmacies.

“To achieve certification, we added programming and new formats, and made additional modifications over a several week period,” Jones said. “We are implementing these changes for existing EHR clients, enabling them to achieve meaningful use and quickly begin to earn sizable financial benefits.”

EPs and EHs participating in Medicare and Medicaid programs and leveraging products such as MedInformatix fully integrated EHR solution to meet ONC criteria, receive incentive payments of as much as $44,000 per physician per year when their medical facilities implement certified technology by 2012. Total annual incentives de-escalate for practices that implement the technology in both 2013 and 2014; professionals that fail to comply with meaningful use provisions by 2015 face financial penalties in the form of reimbursement reductions.

Stage 1 of the meaningful use provision primarily focuses on electronic data capture, like that facilitated by MedInformatix’ eRx module. Subsequent requirements under Stages 2 and 3 will address additional information exchange capabilities, overall quality, safety, efficiency and improvements in the U.S. population’s overall health.

MedInformatix expects to complete all EHR system enhancements for existing users over the next several months, Jones said. Subsequent versions of the software will include all required modifications for meaningful use certification.

About MedInformatix:

MedInformatix, Inc. (www.medinformatix.com) is a leading national provider of fully integrated Electronic Health Records.  The products have been built around MedInformatix 25 years of workflow expertise.  MedInformatix suites of products are designed on a single database using Microsoft SQL.  Whether the client is a single physician who went live in 1994, a 13-location cardiology practice, the busiest radiology practice in Manhattan, or one of 15 other specialties it services, MedInformatix accommodates their needs.  See why so many practices from various specialties choose MedInformatix.  With 13 Microsoft nominations in 8 years, MedInformatix can turn the dream of a paperless, integrated practice into a reality.

MEDHOST Announces EDIS Version 4.2 is ONC-ATCB Certified by Drummond Group

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ADDISON, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–MEDHOST, provider of leading healthcare throughput and emergency department software, today announced that MEDHOST EDIS (Emergency Department Information System) version 4.2 has been tested and certified under Drummond Group’s Electronic Health Records ONC-ATCB program. Drummond Group Inc. is an ONC Authorized Testing and Certification Body (ONC-ATCB) that provides meaningful use certification for EHR systems and applications. When a complete EHR system or EHR module(s) is certified by Drummond Group, the eligible providers and hospitals can use this certified EHR technology as part of their criteria for qualifying for Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) incentive payments.

“We were glad to see the final criteria’s inclusion of ED order entry because with the volume of orders placed in the ED, our Customers will be able to meet the Stage 1 requirements more easily.”

“Our Customers continually experience improved patient care and safety, as well as streamlined operations when utilizing MEDHOST’s EDIS, and now that MEDHOST EDIS version 4.2 is ONC-ATCB certified they can further leverage the system’s many tools, such as order entry, to qualify for ARRA funds,” said Craig Herrod, president of MEDHOST. “We were glad to see the final criteria’s inclusion of ED order entry because with the volume of orders placed in the ED, our Customers will be able to meet the Stage 1 requirements more easily.”

In addition to Order Entry, Customers can leverage other features in MEDHOST’s easy-to-use EDIS to meet Stage 1 requirements. For instance, clinicians can easily document patient demographics and vital signs, including BMI and growth charts, all of which are included in the core set of Stage 1 requirements. And because the EDIS drives clinicians to specific patient care criteria based on the patient’s chief complaint, age and gender, hospitals can use it to satisfy the clinical decision support requirement. Also, the EDIS’s Continuity of Care Document (CCD), which enables hospitals to seamlessly integrate a patient’s ED information into their other systems, fulfills the electronic copy of health information requirement and makes patient information more accessible. These and other MEDHOST EDIS features not only improve patient care and safety, but the clinician-friendly design also helps hospitals promote clinician adoption and create a more complete EHR.

“Drummond Group has over ten years of software testing experience in several industries and we are pleased to bring that experience to the HIT marketplace. It is a privilege to carry out testing and certification in Electronic Health Records for HHS,” says Rik Drummond, CEO Drummond Group Inc.

“We truly are excited that our Customers can now leverage MEDHOST EDIS to qualify for ARRA funds, in addition to receiving the operational benefits that MEDHOST delivers,” said Herrod. “Helping our Customers qualify for these funds was a driving force behind MEDHOST seeking certification, and we look forward to assisting our Customers as they continue to harness the power of healthcare IT to improve patient care.”

MEDHOST currently serves more than 200 facilities, including large IDNs, rural and suburban hospitals, and several academic facilities across the U.S. MEDHOST easily integrates with leading hospital information systems, including MEDITECH, Cerner, Siemens and McKesson, Eclipsys, CPSI and HMS.

About MEDHOST, Inc.

MEDHOST is dedicated to advancing healthcare IT by developing user-friendly software solutions that improve productivity and throughput, as well as enhance the patient care experience. The MEDHOST product suite has been adopted by leading institutions throughout North America and has proven to dramatically improve house-wide patient flow, financial performance and patient satisfaction. MEDHOST’s OpCenter is an executive decision-support system that provides hospital leaders with real-time information, so they can proactively manage high-level issues that impact throughput, patient satisfaction and resource utilization. MEDHOST EDIS version 4.2 is certified under Drummond Group’s Electronic Health Records ONC-ATCB program and includes real time Patient Tracking, Nurse Charting, Physician Documentation, Order Entry and comprehensive reporting. MEDHOST’s ED Pass kiosk enables self check-in, automatically screens for high-risk conditions and feeds information into the MEDHOST EDIS to expand visibility to the waiting room and improve patient safety. Care Clock, MEDHOST’s latest technology, enables hospitals to utilize information from the EDIS and post current ED wait times on their website so patients can make more informed decisions about where to seek care for non-urgent problems. MEDHOST is headquartered in Addison, Texas.