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2014 Edition EHR Tests, Certifications in Full Swing – Drummond Group

Our commitment to ONC MU Program Remains Strong

CCHIT recently announced that it will no longer offer ONC testing and certification services, and predictably, we have had numerous inquiries on related matters, such as our future in the ONC program and thoughts on the 2014 Edition criteria. We wanted to issue a single response to address these questions.

First, the process of changing from one ACB to another is well defined under the ONC program and supporting ISO guidelines for certification bodies. There is nothing “new” or “special” about the process. Any EHR software vendor may request its certification(s) be moved to another accredited certification body. Starting point for joining Drummond Group is going to our website and submitting a certification-only registration, or if you are needing testing as well, for example, to go from an EHR Module to a Complete EHR, register for testing as well.

Second, while the 2014 Edition program is certainly more challenging than the previous criteria, we are very comfortable with the requirements and our ability to support our customers in their pursuit of certification. To date, Drummond Group has tested and certified approximately 60 percent of all 2014 Edition Complete EHRs and nearly 50 percent of all 2014 Edition certified EHRs on the ONC CHPL. We offer WAVE testing options to break out the testing activities over a period of time, tutorial videos on every criteria with other supporting documents, Dry Run testing options and unmatched one-on-one support with our highly trained technical proctors.

And finally, Drummond Group will continue with 2014 Edition Testing and Certification, and we plan on being an ONC-ACB and authorized testing lab for the foreseeable future. We are not in EHR testing for the short term, but rather, the long haul. This was true when we said it in 2010 and it is true now. We are excited about the future of HIT testing and the ONC certification program.

We look forward to working with you in the near future and welcome your feedback anytime.

January 29, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 5000 articles with John having written over 2000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 9.3 million times. John also recently launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

CCHIT ANNOUNCES NEW STRATEGIC DIRECTION WITH GLOBAL FOCUS PLANS TO OFFER COUNSEL AND POLICY GUIDANCE TO HIT STAKEHOLDERS

CHICAGO – Jan. 29, 2014 – Today, CCHIT announced a new strategic direction that will return it to its founding public mission of supporting the adoption of robust, interoperable health information technology.  CCHIT plans to offer direct counsel to both healthcare providers and health IT developers on the requirements for certified EHR technology and how to best satisfy HIT regulations published by organizations and governments.  With a more global focus, and in alliance with HIMSS, CCHIT will also develop new programs and policy guidance aimed at achieving interoperability and supporting change in the way providers and patients around the world use IT to positively transform health and healthcare.

As part of this change, CCHIT will no longer offer ONC testing and certification services, or its independently developed certification programs.

“It’s apparent to both providers and vendors that the pace of ONC 2014 Edition certification has been slowed by the challenges of more rigorous criteria and testing, and the timing and nature of future federal health IT program requirements remain uncertain. With these changes, we can provide a greater level of support and counsel to providers and vendors, something we could not undertake as a government authorized certification body,” said Alisa Ray, CCHIT executive director. “At the same time, returning to our independent work, we can convene thought leaders and advisory groups to provide policy and governance recommendations, and guidance to the healthcare community here and internationally.”

CCHIT will continue to operate The Source™, its subscription-based ONC testing and certification preparation service. At the completion of CCHIT’s transition, a new menu of individualized services focused on topics such as Understanding ONC Certification Criteria and Test Methods, Interoperability, and Clinical Quality Measures and Meaningful Use Reporting will be added to help EHR developers. New services designed especially for healthcare providers will be added incrementally.

CCHIT will develop new programs with a global charter that will include the participation of HIT thought leaders and multi-stakeholder advisory groups, with a series of summits and events to support that work.  CCHIT is entering into an alliance with HIMSS to benefit from its deep understanding of healthcare provider and HIT industry needs, domestically and internationally, and enhance the chances of success of CCHIT’s new programs.  CCHIT intends to launch these new services at HIMSS14, on February 26, 2014, in Orlando, Fla.  Information about the first CCHIT Summit – The Decade of Health IT – is available at https://www.cchit.org/events.

This discussion with past National Coordinators Dr. David Brailer, Dr. Robert Kolodner, and Dr. Farzad Mostashari will include a critical look back at the last decade of health IT progress, followed by a session allowing audience input on the desired role of health IT in the decade to come. The Summit will be moderated by Christopher Weaver, a journalist covering the business of health care for the Wall Street Journal.

“Both HIMSS and CCHIT share the common and long-term goal of improving health with information technology,” said Carla Smith, MA, CNM, FHIMSS, HIMSS executive vice president. “This alliance allows our organizations to combine our considerable knowledge and experience to better serve our stakeholders as we work together to further positive patient outcomes.”

CCHIT’s customers have been notified of this change. CCHIT has recommended that its customers accept an offer from ICSA Labs to maintain their certification or apply for new testing services. CCHIT chose ICSA Labs, an independent division of Verizon Enterprise Solutions, and an ONC-Authorized Certification body and Accredited HIT Test Laboratory, to support its customers because of the expertise of its staff and its processes. CCHIT will assist and support its customers as services are transferred.

“This move works at many levels in the best interest of companies that are developing EHRs and those in the medical community who use EHRs.  Each of us – CCHIT, HIMSS and ICSA Labs – will be concentrating on what we know and do best,” said Ray.

Along with this new strategic direction, CCHIT has restructured its board of trustees with the following health and health IT leaders constituting the new board:

Dana Alexander RN, MSN, MBA, FAAN, FHIMSS
VP Integrated Care Delivery & Chief Nursing, Caradigm

Lori Evans Bernstein
President, GSI Health

Paul Kleeberg MD, FAAFP, CPHIT, FHIMSS
CMIO, Stratis Health

Grace Terrell MD, MMM, CPE
President & CEO, Cornerstone

Andrew M. Wiesenthal, MD, SM
Director, Deloitte Consulting, LLP

Hal Wolf
ADVI, LLC

Michael H. Zaroukian, MD, PhD, FACP, FHIMSS
Vice President & Chief Medical Information Officer, Sparrow Health System

The work of CCHIT’s board of Commissioners has concluded and will be replaced by multi-stakeholder advisory groups, which will be named later.

About CCHIT

The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT®) has operated as an independent, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with the public mission of accelerating the adoption of robust, interoperable health information technology. The Commission has been certifying electronic health record technology since 2006 and was authorized in 2012 by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as a certification body (ONC-ACB).  CCHIT is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as a certification body for the ONC HIT Certification Program for  electronic health record (EHR) technology and accredited by the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP) of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) as an Accredited Testing Laboratory (ATL) to test EHRs.

“CCHIT®” and “CCHIT Certified®” are registered trademarks of the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology.

About HIMSS

HIMSS is a global, cause-based, not-for-profit organization focused on better health through information technology (IT). HIMSS leads efforts to optimize health engagements and care outcomes using information technology. Visit www.himss.org.

HIMSS is a part of HIMSS WorldWide, a cause-based, global enterprise producing health IT thought leadership, education, events, market research and media services around the world. Founded in 1961, HIMSS WorldWide encompasses more than 52,000 individuals, of which more than two-thirds work in healthcare provider, governmental and not-for-profit organizations across the globe, plus over 600 corporations and 250 not-for-profit partner organizations, that share this cause.  HIMSS WorldWide, headquartered in Chicago, serves the global health IT community with additional offices in the United States, Europe, and Asia.

I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 5000 articles with John having written over 2000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 9.3 million times. John also recently launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

Encore Health Resources CoreANALYTICS Architecture Receives 2014 EHR Certification

HOUSTON – January 17, 2014Encore Health Resources announced today that its CoreANALYTICS® 1.0 architecture – a set of integrated analytical tools that help drive continuous health-system performance improvement – has been listed on the federal government’s Certified Health IT Product List website as compliant with the ONC 2014 Edition criteria as an EHR Module.  The CoreANALYTICS EHR certification formally occurred on November 27, 2013 by the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT®), an ONC-ACB, in accordance with the certification criteria adopted by the secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS).  The ONC 2014 Edition criteria support both Stages 1 and 2 meaningful use measures required to qualify eligible providers and hospitals for funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

CoreANALYTICS is a set of integrated analytical tools that, coupled with Encore services, helps to drive continuous health-system performance improvement through the application of “smart, skinny data,” or an Encore approach that focuses on capturing just the data required to solve specific problems.

“We believe this certification confirms that Encore’s CoreANALYTICS software tools are poised to assist health systems meet and exceed thresholds for the quality and performance measures required to qualify for U.S. Government EHR Meaningful-Use incentive payments and avoid associated penalties – as well as manage emerging, at-risk government and commercial payment models” said Sherie Giles, Partner for Research and Development, Encore Health Resources. “CoreANALYTICS comprises a uniquely comprehensive solution that transforms data generated by EHRs as well as financial and operational systems, into actionable intelligence for proactive management of patient populations, quality, and costs.  This helps providers navigate through and beyond challenges posed by the healthcare industry’s rapid shift from fee-for-service to fee-for value care-delivery and reimbursement models.”

The ONC HIT Certification Program certifies that EHR Modules meet one or more – but not all – of the 2014 Edition criteria approved by the Secretary of Health & Human Services (HHS) for either eligible provider or hospital technology.

“CCHIT congratulates companies successfully achieving EHR technology certification,” said Alisa Ray, executive director, CCHIT.  “These companies are now able to make their products available to providers wishing to adopt health IT to demonstrate meaningful use and earn federal incentives.”

CoreANALYTICS 1.0’s certification number is CC-2014-100098-1.  ONC HIT certification conferred by CCHIT does not represent an endorsement of the certified EHR technology by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

CoreANALYTICS 1.0’s modular certification qualifies the technology as capable of supporting achievement of meaningful use for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive programs. The technology is also differentiated by its analytics engine – included in the certification — which enriches information through proven data derivation and measure calculations, successfully demonstrated compliance criteria for Clinical Quality Measures (CQM) and Utilization Measures (Core/Menu Set).

CoreANALYTICS 1.0 met the following certification criteria and clinical quality measures: § 170.314(c)(1), capture and export; 170.314(c)(2), incorporate and calculate; § 170.314(c)(3), electronic submission; § 170.314(g)(2), automated measure calculation; and § 170.314(g)(4) quality management system.  It also met the following clinical quality measures:  CMS55v2, CMS71v3, CMS72v2, CMS73v2, CMS91v3, CMS102v2, CMS104v2, CMS105v2, CMS107v2, CMS108v2, CMS109v2, CMS110v2, CMS111v2, CMS114v2 and CMS190v2.

Additional costs incurred may include:  Software License Agreement; Implementation fees per source system, including install, training, and source system connectivity; any client costs necessary to bring hardware to recommended configuration.

About Encore Health Resources

Encore Health Resources is one of the most successful consulting firms in the health information technology (HIT) industry.  Founded in 2009 and led by Encore CEO Dana Sellers and President Tom Niehaus, the company provides consulting services and solutions that assist its expanding client base with a wide range of HIT strategy, advisory, implementation, process-redesign, and optimization initiatives.  Encore focuses on capturing the right data at the right time, establishing analytical capabilities that meet the evolving information and reporting needs of healthcare providers to document and improve clinical and operational performance. For more information, please visit http://encorehealthresources.com/.

About CCHIT

The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT®) is an independent, 501©3 nonprofit organization with the public mission of accelerating the adoption of robust, interoperable health information technology.  The Commission has been certifying electronic health record technology since 2006 and is authorized by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) as a certification body (ONC-ACB).  CCHIT is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as a certification body for the ONC HIT Certification Program for electronic health record (EHR) technology and accredited by the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP) of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) as an accredited Testing Laboratory (ATL) to test EHRS.  More Information on CCHIT and its programs is available at http://cchit.org.

January 16, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 5000 articles with John having written over 2000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 9.3 million times. John also recently launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

ICSA Labs Set to Begin Testing EHRs for Stage 2 Meaningful Use Requirements

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. – ICSA Labs, an independent division of Verizon, is now officially authorized and accredited to begin certifying electronic health records for the next stage of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Meaningful Use requirements.

The new 2014 Edition, Stage 2 certification program of HHS’s Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology provides more transparency and elevates the overall testing and certification process by mandating additional requirements for organizations providing EHR services. These requirements include a strengthening of security, enhanced interoperability for facilitating health information exchange, better protection of private patient information and new ways for providers to become “meaningful users.”

Last September, ICSA Labs received authorization from the Office of the National Coordinator for the preliminary Stage 2 of the certification program.

To test and validate the ONC 2014 Edition methods and test tools, ICSA Labs successfully conducted a week-long pilot program in December with four vendors that offer EHR-related solutions supporting the more rigorous Stage 2 Meaningful Use Requirements. These included Dynamic Health IT and Glenwood Systems.

“The latest round of federal requirements will enable us to help companies strengthen the security and privacy of their EHR offerings, ultimately benefiting both patient and health care provider,” said Amit Trivedi, health care program manager for ICSA Labs. “Now that we are fully authorized and accredited to certify and test technology meeting the permanent Meaningful Use requirements, we are officially open for business.”

EHR vendors also must have their products tested by laboratories accredited by the National Voluntary Lab Accreditation Program and certified by bodies authorized by the ONC and accredited by the American National Standards Institute. ICSA Labs is accredited by both NVLAP and ANSI.

The ONC’s Health Information Technology Certification program, which provides authorization for the certification of electronic health care records, was established in January 2011.  The recently published Stage 2 Standards, Implementation Specifications and Certification Criteria Final Rule is administered nationally by the ONC.

ICSA Labs is NVLAP- accredited as a Health IT Test Lab and is also an ONC-Authorized Certification Body (ONC-ACB) accredited by ANSI to ISO/IEC Guide 65.

About ICSA Labs

ICSA Labs, an independent division of Verizon, offers third-party testing and certification of security and health IT products, as well as network-connected devices, to measure product compliance, reliability and performance for many of the world’s top security vendors.  ICSA Labs is an ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accredited and 9001:2008 registered organization. Visit http://www.icsalabs.com and http://www.icsalabs.com/blogs for more information.

About Verizon

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ), headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to consumer, business, government and wholesale customers. Verizon Wireless operates America’s most reliable wireless network, with nearly 96 million retail customers nationwide. Verizon also provides converged communications, information and entertainment services over America’s most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers integrated business solutions to customers in more than 150 countries, including all of the Fortune 500. A Dow 30 company with $111 billion in 2011 revenues, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of 184,500. For more information, visit www.verizon.com.

January 16, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 5000 articles with John having written over 2000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 9.3 million times. John also recently launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

Baptist Health South Florida Selects CareCloud to Drive Adoption of Electronic Health Records by Physicians Across Florida

Largest Not-for-profit Healthcare Organization in the Region Looks to Improve Patient Care and Efficiency by Subsidizing CareCloud’s EHR to Over 2,500 Affiliated Physicians

MIAMI–(BUSINESS WIRE)– CareCloud, a leading provider of cloud-based practice management, electronic healthcare record (EHR), Revenue Cycle and medical billing software and services, today announced that Baptist Health South Florida, the largest not-for-profit healthcare organization in the region, will subsidize CareCloud’s integrated electronic health record and practice management solution to more than 2,500 community-based physicians in an effort to improve patient care across South Florida. Affiliated physicians will also have access to CareCloud’s revenue cycle management services as part of this new partnership aimed at connecting physicians across South Florida to drive better care coordination for patients and lower healthcare costs.

“As a leading provider of care in South Florida, we are in constant communication with community physicians regarding their technology needs and market trends impacting their practice operations. With national and other various payer programs now in place granting financial incentives to physicians who can meaningfully use electronic healthcare record technology, we are committed to providing and subsiding the latest in cloud-based technologies that help drive better patient care while also connecting community physicians to our hospitals and other care givers,” said Mimi Taylor, Corporate Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Baptist Health South Florida. “With their flexible architecture and modern design, we feel CareCloud’s EHR offering will enable physicians across our care continuum to move their practices online with greater ease, less disruption to their practice workflow while also gaining greater insight into their patient population and ability to coordinate care.”

As part of Baptist Health’s community connectivity program, Baptist Health will subsidize up to 85% of CareCloud’s cloud-based EHR and practice management solution to South Florida medical groups. In addition to the subsidies they receive from Baptist Health, physicians may also be eligible for up to $44,000 in Medicare incentives over five years as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and using CareCloud’s certified product.

Along with having discounted access to the company’s EHR and practice management offering, physicians will also have access to CareCloud Concierge, a complete revenue cycle management service that utilizes dynamic rules intelligence software, expert live support and real time business analytics and reporting tools to help medical practices increase collections and streamline operations. To learn more about CareCloud and its full product offering and pricing visit; www.carecloud.com/pricing/.

“Baptist Health South Florida continues to fortify their leadership position in healthcare both locally and nationally, as they look to aggressively connect area physicians using the latest cloud-based technology. The promise of electronic health record technology can only be fully realized if all key stakeholders in the healthcare continuum are connected and can act on real-time health information,” said Albert Santalo, Chairman and CEO of CareCloud. “They also understand that healthcare is seeing massive change in how physicians deliver care and are reimbursed for it. We are thrilled to be able to offer our leading revenue cycle management service as part of this program and help area medical groups deliver the best care possible while bolstering their overall business outcomes.”

About Baptist Health South Florida

Baptist Health South Florida is the largest faith-based, not-for-profit healthcare organization in the region. Baptist Health includes Baptist Hospital, South Miami Hospital, Baptist Children’s Hospital, Baptist Cardiac & Vascular Institute, Mariners Hospital, Homestead Hospital, Doctors Hospital, West Kendall Baptist Hospital and Baptist Outpatient Services. Baptist Health Foundation, the organization’s fundraising arm, supports services at all hospitals and facilities affiliated with Baptist Health. For more information, visit BaptistHealth.net, and connect with BaptistHealthSF on FacebookTwitter and YouTube.

About CareCloud

CareCloud is a leading provider of cloud-based practice management, electronic health record (EHR) and medical billing software and services for medical groups. The company’s products are connecting providers to one another – and to their patients – through a fully integrated digital healthcare ecosystem that can be accessed on any browser or device.

CareCloud is helping thousands of physicians to increase collections, streamline operations and improve patient care in over 30 states. The company was named a winner of IBM’s SmartCamp Silicon Valley 2010 for its innovative technology and received over $20 million in Series A funding from Intel Capital and Norwest Venture Partners. To learn more about CareCloud, please visit www.carecloud.com.

November 18, 2012 I Written By

Practice Fusion Passes 50 Million Patients, Outlines Company Growth

Practice Fusion issued an infographic today in celebration of surpassing the 50 million patient milestone for their free, web-based Electronic Health Record (EHR). The free platform has already helped doctors attest for more than $35 million in Meaningful Use incentives. One out of four doctors choosing an EHR today picks Practice Fusion.

The free, web-based Electronic Health Records (EHR) provider has seen 50 percent employee growth since the beginning of the year alone

SAN FRANCISCO- August 8, 2012Practice Fusion, the nation’s largest doctor-patient community, has hit several significant milestones this year. Expected to reach 200 employees in its San Francisco headquarters this month, the company supports 150,000 medical practitioners serving 50 million patients nationwide. One in four doctors selecting an EHR today chooses Practice Fusion, which is reflected by the 49 percent increase in its users since August 2011. This growth confirms the urgent need for free, accessible and secure EHR systems for the nation’s physicians—particularly those in small practices.

“We’re democratizing access to EHR technology for physicians. The faster we grow, the more doctors we can help—and the more lives they can save,” said Ryan Howard, CEO of Practice Fusion. “This year is especially important for doctors seeking Meaningful Use, and we expect that our momentum is only going to build through the end of this year and into 2013.”

Key Facts:

  • One out of four doctors choosing an EHR today picks Practice Fusion
  • Practice Fusion has helped medical professionals nationwide attest for Meaningful Use, with a total of $35.5 million paid to date. Of these, the top states to receive payments include California, Florida and New York
  • The average cost for an EHR system is approximately $50,000; by comparison, Practice Fusion is completely free
  • Practice Fusion is now connected to more than 100 labs, a 440 percent increase year-over-year, largely thanks to its recently-launched Lab API
  • To demonstrate meaningful use of an EHR and qualify for full government incentives, eligible professionals must begin their 90-day reporting period by October 3

Practice Fusion – The free, web-based EMR

 

About Practice Fusion
Practice Fusion provides a free, web-based EHR system to physicians. With medical charting, scheduling, e-prescribing (eRx), lab integrations, referral letters,  Meaningful Use certification, unlimited support and a Personal Health Record for patients, Practice Fusion’s EHR Software addresses the complex needs of today’s healthcare providers and disrupts the health IT status quo. Practice Fusion is the fastest growing Electronic Health Record community in the country with more than 150,000 users serving 50 million patients. The company closed a $34 million Series C financing led by Artis Ventures in June. For more information about Practice Fusion, please visit www.practicefusion.com

August 24, 2012 I Written By

Aym Technologies’ OnTarget Clinical Achieves Drummond Group Complete EHR Ambulatory ONC-ATCB Certification

(July 25, 2012 Charlotte, NC) – Aym Technologies’ OnTarget Clinical 2.0 has received the federal government’s “meaningful use” stamp of approval by earning Complete EHR Ambulatory Certification. The “complete” certification officially deems the electronic health record (EHR) software capable of enabling providers to qualify for funds under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) – a key component of the push to improve clinical care delivery through the adoption and effective use of EHRs by U.S. healthcare providers.

OnTarget Clinical was tested and certified under the Drummond Group’s Electronic Health Records Office of the National Coordinator Authorized Testing and Certification Body (ONC-ATCB) program and is 2011/2012 compliant in accordance with the criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services.

“OnTarget Clinical’s ‘complete’ certification validates that our software can help providers benefit from the electronic revolution in the healthcare industry.  Providers can now leverage OnTarget Clinical to enhance productivity and make significant clinical improvements, while achieving meaningful use and qualifying for incentive funds under ARRA. We are proud to offer human services providers an integrated solution that can truly improve care in their communities,” says Lewis Quinn, CEO of Aym Technologies.

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. Healthcare providers using the EHR systems of vendors certified as “complete” are then qualified to receive federal stimulus monies upon demonstrating meaningful use of the technology.

OnTarget Clinical, which met the requirements for Complete EHR Ambulatory, helps human services providers realize substantial gains in both quality and efficiency. The software was designed by former behavioral healthcare professionals to incorporate industry best practice standards and deliver intuitive ease of use for the entire clinical team.

The software’s workflow is driven by a thorough understanding of clinical needs, industry requirements, and common sense approach to clinician’s needs. OnTarget Clinical liberates staff from administrative tedium and gives them valuable time to focus on their important purpose of delivering quality consumer care.

“The need to leverage information technology in the healthcare industry is huge – as the quality of care and efficiency benefits that come with computerization can really make a difference in the overall patient experience. We’re ready to help transform the industry by providing the sophisticated software testing services that ensure that vendors and hospitals are offering systems that are capable of meeting the meaningful use standards required to obtain incentive funds as well as the rich functionality required to move the clinical care needle forward,” says Rik Drummond, CEO of the Drummond Group. “We have been testing software for more than a decade and are ready to leverage our extensive experience handling sophisticated systems in complex industries as well as dealing with complicated technical issues such as interoperability and security.”

This Complete EHR Ambulatory 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.

Aym Technologies LLC, 7/12/2012, OnTarget Clinical 2.0, 07122012‐1597‐6, Clinical Quality Measures tested: NQF0004, NQF0013, NQF0018, NQF0024, NQF0027, NQF0028, NQF0038, NQF0041, NQF0421  Additional software used: DrFirst Rcopia, TrueCrypt, HashCalc

About Aym Technologies, LLC

Aym Technologies is the recognized leader in fully integrated software solutions that enable Health and Human Service Provider Agencies to work more efficiently, profitably and purposefully. Aym’s suite of cloud-based products includes OnTarget® – a powerful and flexible clinical/accounting/EHR/business management system – and OnTarget® Clinical, a streamlined, affordable and modular solution launched July 1, 2012. Both combine industry best practice standards with intuitive ease of use to help customers realize substantial gains in delivering quality care while improving operational efficiency. For more information, contact Doug Finley at 704.343.9688, doug.finley@aymtech.net or visit www.ontargetconnect.com, www.aymtechnologies.com or www.twitter.com/aymtechnologies.

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 and hospitals. As an Office of the National Coordinator Authorized Testing and Certification Body (ONC-ATCB), Drummond Group works closely with healthcare software vendors and hospitals to certify EHRs 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 modular 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.

August 16, 2012 I Written By

Amazing Charts Launches Hosted Version of its #1 Rated EHR

Today, Amazing Charts announced the availability of its new cloud-based EHR “Amazing Charts in the Cloud”. The new offering will enable physicians to securely access electronic health records from any location, delivered through a cloud-hosted, software as a service model.

Amazing Charts in the Cloud Offers Customers Flexible, Secure Access To Electronic Health Records from Any Location, Without a Web Browser 

North Kingstown, RI – August 7, 2012 – AmazingCharts.com, Inc., a leading provider of Electronic Health Records (EHR/EMRs) to small independent medical practices, today announced the availability of Amazing Charts in the Cloud, a new cloud-based version of its EHR, delivered online through the Software as a Service (SaaS) model. Amazing Charts in the Cloud securely delivers the #1 rated EHR to Internet-connected computers, anywhere, anytime.

With an innovative new approach to hosting EHR software, Amazing Charts in the Cloud eliminates many of the problems users have experienced with traditional web-based EHRs, such as a limited browser interface, poor performance, or a lack of security and privacy. In contrast, Amazing Charts in the Cloud features remote desktop services for faster performance, isolated practice databases for tighter security, and a fully redundant HIPAA-compliant infrastructure for privacy.

“Most web-based EHRs are frustrating to use because of the ‘click and wait’ delay inherent when trying to document multiple data points,” said Jonathan Bertman, MD, FAAFP, the founder and CEO of Amazing Charts.  “Complex medical data recorded during an encounter requires all sorts of analysis and collating. Clients who have switched to Amazing Charts from web-based EHRs report unacceptable delays that actually impaired their ability to document encounters and get home for dinner. Even more worrisome, some of these EHR vendors combine all their practices’ data into a single monolithic database in the cloud. If that common database is hacked, thousands of practices, and all their patients, can be impacted. We don’t do that.”

Jones Family Practice in Mesa, Arizona, recently began using Amazing Charts in the Cloud after four years of running Amazing Charts on premises. “Thanks to Amazing Charts in the Cloud, I just had the pleasure of firing my overpriced IT consultant,” laughs Scott Jones, MD.  “I am a solo practitioner who gets about 50 visits per day, so I have no patience for error messages or slowness in performance. The performance of Amazing Charts in the Cloud is as fast, if not faster, than Amazing Charts on my local office network and server. The best part is that Amazing Charts in the Cloud allows me to concentrate on seeing patients, instead of dealing with IT issues.”

Pricing

The monthly cost of Amazing Charts in the Cloud is based on the number of people accessing the system at the same time, with the price per connection scaling down as more connections are added. A single connection is $100/month; a five-pack of simultaneous connections is priced at $300/month; and a ten-pack is priced at $500/month.  Higher numbers of connections are available on a sliding scale. A simple online calculator allows practices to find the optimal pricing package.

Free Trial

Amazing Charts in the Cloud is easy to purchase, implement, and use. A free 28-day trial of Amazing Charts in the Cloud allows users to create their own database with real patient data and even use existing interfaces.

AmazingCharts.com

AmazingCharts.com provides Electronic Health Records (EHR/EMR) and services to small healthcare practices. Amazing Charts Version 6 is ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 Certified for Meaningful Use. Based on its number one ratings for usability, fair pricing, and overall user satisfaction, the Amazing Charts EHR is used by nearly 5,400 practices nationwide. Most recently, Amazing Charts was ranked number one in the category of Ambulatory EMR (1-10 Physicians) in the 2011 Best in KLAS Awards: Software and Services. Founded in 2001 by a practicing family physician, AmazingCharts.com, Inc. is headquartered at 650 Ten Rod Rd, Suite 12, North Kingstown, RI 02852, 1-866-382-5932.

August 11, 2012 I Written By

NextGen Healthcare Selected by Norton Sound Health Corporation to Enhance Rural Patient Care

Horsham, Pa. – May 15, 2012 – NextGen Healthcare Information Systems, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Quality Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: QSII) and a leading provider of healthcare information systems and connectivity solutions, today announced a new agreement with Norton Sound Health Corporation (NSHC) to deploy NextGen® Ambulatory EHR, NextGen® Practice Management, NextGen® Inpatient Solutions, and other NextGen® solutions throughout the organization. This agreement further strengthens NextGen Healthcare’s position as one of the leading providers of information technology (IT) solutions for tribal health services nationwide.

Headquartered in Nome, Alaska, NSHC serves the Bering Strait region in the northwestern part of the state. The network has a health center in each of the 15 remote villages throughout the region, and implementation of NextGen Healthcare technologies will further ensure consistent care across the region.

Currently, providers at the village health centers rely on the Alaska Community Health Aid Practitioner Manual (CHAM) to aid in diagnoses, which is not integrated with any electronic health records (EHR) system. The implementation of NextGen Ambulatory EHR allows NSHC to use customized templates for the top 20 diagnoses and procedures outlined in the CHAM.

Additionally, NSHC is slated to expand its patient services by opening an 18-bed hospital in November that will provide the region with increased out-patient services in dental, audiology, behavioral health and ophthalmology care. When the facility opens, it will use NextGen Healthcare’s inpatient product line, including NextGen® Inpatient Clinicals and NextGen® Inpatient Financials, to create a seamless care continuum across the enterprise. This solution, combined with the technology NSHC is currently implementing, lays the groundwork for physicians to easily communicate and work with the new facility to improve patient care.

“Our organization sought a high level of customization and flexibility in an EHR and practice management system, and we had a short timeframe to find and implement a system – especially as we prepare to open the new hospital later this year, “said Dave Hodges, chief information officer at NSHC. “NextGen Healthcare understood and met our challenge by working closely with us to address our specific needs and deadlines. We are confident that implementing NextGen’s leading solutions will not only help us attest for Meaningful Use, but also improve the connectivity and communications between physicians, patients and our entire health system.”

NextGen Practice Management will further aid in increasing productivity by eliminating the current paper-based record keeping systems. Providers will use mobile devices to remotely access patient records, which will improve connectivity and real-time response rates, especially in emergency situations.

“Our health system covers a very large area with many remote villages that are hard to reach, so having accessible technology that makes it easier for doctors to respond quickly to patients is imperative,” said Deven Parlikar, president and CEO of NSHC. “Our patients have always been our top priority, so being able to provide the latest technology will help us to provide the highest level of care.”

“NSHC has had the distinct, ongoing challenge of serving patients throughout northern Alaska, which requires solutions that will help optimize the delivery of patient care and better communicate across the organization,” said Scott Decker, president of NextGen Healthcare. “We remain committed to serving tribal and urban groups throughout the nation, and providing tools to customize our broad technology platform to fit each organization’s specific needs so they can successfully serve their respective communities. This flexibility within our solutions portfolio is among the key advantages of the diverse NextGen platform.”

About Norton Sound Health Corporation

Norton Sound Health Corporation (NSHC) was founded in 1970 and is a Tribally owned and operated, independent, not-for-profit health care organization that represents all communities and areas of the Bering Strait region, a 44,000 square-mile section of northwestern Alaska. NSHC is quickening the pace of positive change by refocusing its system to put patients, clients, and communities first. NSHC’s mission is to “Provide quality health services and promoting wellness within our people and environment.” For more information, visit http://www.nortonsoundhealth.org.

About NextGen Healthcare

NextGen Healthcare Information Systems, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Quality Systems, Inc., provides integrated clinical, financial and connectivity solutions for ambulatory, inpatient and dental provider organizations. For more information, please visit www.nextgen.com and www.qsii.com. Follow NextGen Healthcare on Twitter at www.twitter.com/nextgen or Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/NextGenHealthcare.

May 17, 2012 I Written By

Merge Healthcare Propels Meaningful Use Adoption

Twelve Radiology and Orthopaedic Practices, Representing Almost 200 Physicians, Select Merge to Achieve Meaningful Use

CHICAGO, May 14, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Merge Healthcare Inc. (Nasdaq:MRGE), a leading provider of enterprise imaging and interoperability solutions, announced the addition of twelve practices to its growing list of clients who have selected its complete and fully-certified EHR solution to achieve Meaningful Use (MU). More than 89 clients, representing more than 850 physicians, now utilize Merge MU solutions.

“Meaningful Use is the basis for health information exchange in the U.S. and will become the core workflow for physicians,” said Jeff Surges, CEO of Merge Healthcare. ”With the recently proposed Stage 2 requirements that focus heavily on the viewing of diagnostic images, it’s clear that specialties like radiology and orthopaedics are very much so included in Meaningful Use. Now is the time for specialty physicians to adopt a Meaningful Use strategy so they can qualify for Stage 1 funding, while preparing for Stage 2.”

“While there are financial reasons to focus on Meaningful Use, the driver for us is that it is going to build a foundation upon which we can provide even better care to our patients,” said Ellis Keitt, Administrator, Radiology Associates, LLP. ”With Merge RIS™, we are going to be able to collect and share valuable information, automatically trend clinical data and report on MU measures.”

Merge RIS v7.0 provides a radiology-specific EHR with complete certification that enables radiologists to capture and report on the metrics required to demonstrate Meaningful Use of electronic health records, without disrupting their traditional workflow. With Merge RIS v7.0, radiologists can qualify to receive up to $44,000 in stimulus incentives, per eligible provider, and more importantly, avoid future penalties that will come from not meeting Meaningful Use.

Merge RIS v7.0 functionality includes ePrescribing, enhanced reporting that enables physicians to automatically trend clinical data and report on Meaningful Use measures, new clinical decision support, the clinical exchange of health information through industry standard formats, and a patient portal that empowers patients to access their records at their convenience. This new functionality was built natively within the intuitive, web-based Merge RIS so that any radiology practice can achieve Meaningful Use attestation in a manner that works for their specialty.

“With Merge OrthoEMR™ we can meet Meaningful Use criteria and earn stimulus incentives,” said Vickie Shuler, Clinic Administrator, Western Carolina Orthopaedic Specialists. “Using Merge OrthoEMR also means we’ll avoid financial penalties that are coming to those not using MU-certified solutions. The most important aspect of Merge OrthoEMR for us is that it will help us provide better care, streamline our workflow and improve operational efficiencies.”

Merge OrthoEMR has received complete EHR Ambulatory certification and provides orthopaedic physicians the tools needed to achieve Meaningful Use and qualify for incentive funds. By providing instant access to images at all locations, Merge’s OrthoEMR eliminates the need for transporting images, improves workflow and speeds patient care.

In addition to Merge OrthoEMR, Merge provides an integrated suite of products developed for the specific needs of the orthopaedic practice, from patient information to image management including digital templating. Developed by orthopaedic specialists, our systems and tools mirror charting and patient care today, increasing the long-term adoptability and satisfaction of users. Plus, with imaging and data sharing they promote interoperability, without forcing conformance to non-specialty hospital-based solutions.

About Merge Healthcare

Merge Healthcare is a leading provider of enterprise imaging and interoperability solutions. Merge solutions facilitate the sharing of images to create a more effective and efficient electronic healthcare experience for patients and physicians. Merge provides enterprise imaging solutions for radiology, cardiology, orthopaedics and eye care; electronic health record and practice management solutions for image-intensive specialties; a suite of products for clinical trials; software for financial and pre-surgical management; applications that fuel the largest modality vendors in the world, and a network of patient-centric, wellness stations. Merge’s products have been used by healthcare providers, vendors and researchers worldwide to improve patient care for more than 20 years. For more information, visit www.merge.com.

May 15, 2012 I Written By