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CITIUSTECH’S BI-CLINICAL RECEIVES 2014 ONC HIT CERTIFICATION

Princeton, NJ (June 18, 2013) – CitiusTech, a leading healthcare technology solutions and services provider, announced today that its healthcare BI and analytics platform, BI-Clinical, version 13.1 is compliant with the ONC 2014 Edition criteria and was certified as an EHR Module on 11 June, 2013 by the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT®), an ONC-ACB, inaccordance with the applicable Eligible Hospital certification criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. The ONC 2014 Edition criteria supports both Stage 1 and 2 meaningful use measures required to qualify eligible providers and hospitals for funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

“CitiusTech is pleased to announce the ONC 2014 certification for the BI-Clinical platform,” says Rizwan Koita, Chief Executive Officer of CitiusTech. “With its modular, app-based architecture and flexible integration approach, BI-Clinical is well positioned to help EMR/EHR and other health IT vendors to attain Meaningful Use Stage 2 compliance rapidly and cost-effectively.”

The ONC HIT Certification Program certifies that Complete EHRs meet all of the 2014 Edition criteria and EHR Modules meet one or more – but not all – of the criteria approved by the Secretary of Health and 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.”

BI-Clinical, version 13.1, certification number is CC-2014-449180-1. ONC HIT certification conferred by CCHIT does not represent an endorsement of the certified EHR technology by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

BI-Clinical version 13.1 meets the following certification criteria:

170.314(c)(1) Clinical Quality Measures – Capture and Export

170.314(c)(2) Clinical Quality Measures – Incorporate and Calculate

170.314(c)(3) Clinical Quality Measures – Electronic Submission

170.314(d)(1) – Authentication, access control, and authorization

170.314(d)(2) – Auditable events and tamper-resistance

170.314(d)(3) – Audit report(s)

170.314(d)(5) – Automatic log-off

170.314(d)(6) – Emergency access

170.314(d)(7) – End-user device encryption

170.314(d)(8) – Integrity

170.314(g)(4) – Quality management system

The clinical quality measures to which BI-Clinical has been certified include: CMS9v1,

CMS26v1, CMS30v2, CMS31v1, CMS32v1, CMS53v1, CMS55v1, CMS60v1, CMS71v2, CMS72v1, CMS73v1, CMS91v2, CMS100v1, CMS102v1, CMS104v1, CMS105v1, CMS107v1, CMS109v1, CMS110v1, CMS111v1, CMS114v1, CMS171v2, CMS172v2, CMS178v2, CMS185v1, CMS188v2, CMS108v1, CMS190v1.

The additional costs that an Eligible Hospital would pay to attempt to meet meaningful use objectives and measures include: license fees, implementation fees, subscription fees and professional services fees for integration.

About CitiusTech

CitiusTech is a specialist provider of healthcare technology services and solutions to healthcare IT vendors, providers, ACOs, and health plans. CitiusTech offers a wide range of healthcare technology services including healthcare software development, healthcare interoperability, Meaningful Use compliance, BI / analytics, care management and consumer health. CitiusTech brings strong healthcare domain expertise across technologies, applications and standards. CitiusTech delivers best in-class solutions with an unmatched cost advantage to global healthcare clients. For more information, visit www.citiustech.com.

 

About CCHIT

The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT®) is 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 is authorized 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. More information on CCHIT and its programs is available at http://cchit.org.

 

About the ONC HIT Certification Program

The ONC HIT Certification Program, provided by the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT®)” as an Office of the National Coordinator – Authorized Certification Body (ONC-ACB), evaluates EHR technology that has been tested against criteria and standards adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS). This certification qualifies EHRs as capable of supporting achievement of meaningful use for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive programs authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). ONC HIT certification conferred by the Certification Commission does not represent an endorsement of the certified EHR technology by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. “CCHIT®” and “CCHIT Certified®” are registered trademarks of the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology.

June 19, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John 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 UNVEILS NEW HIE INTEROPERABILITY TESTING AT HIMSS13

Will Introduce Programs and Demonstrate Tools to Test Connectivity 

CHICAGO – March 4, 2013 – Today, the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology is announcing the opening of the pilot phase of a new health information exchange compliance testing program at the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) 2013 Annual Conference and Exhibition in New Orleans; it also will reveal the program seals designed to help healthcare providers identify health information exchange (HIE) certified technology, and demonstrate its automated testing tool for vendors.

At completion, the HIE compliance testing and certification program components include the following:

1)    HIE Certified Community™, for electronic health records (EHRs) and other health IT systems, that will enable state-wide patient data inquiry allowing clinicians to query an HIE for information on specific patients

2)    HIE Certified Direct™ that provides a simple way for providers to send secure health information directly to trusted recipients, including patients, over the Internet

3)    HIE Certified Network™ for HIE-to-HIE connectivity and for connection to the eHealth Exchange

Certification will be specific to each technology and its version, and include testing of commercially available products, healthcare provider participants and health information exchanges.

“For the first time providers and purchasers of EHRs and HIE will have a simple way of assuring their system has all the capabilities required for plug and play interoperability,” said Dave Whitlinger, Executive Director of the New York eHealth Collaborative. “In New York, vendors will be required to pass the compliance testing program in order to connect to the SHIN-NY (the Statewide Health Information of New York).”

The planned pilot testing – for HIE Certified Network – is  the first offering of a collaboration of states, public agencies, federally funded HIEs and HIT companies covering more than 50 percent of the U.S. population. Healtheway, the public-private partnership of the eHealth Exchange, and the EHR/HIE Interoperability Workgroup, a consortium of states and vendors, established the program to test and certify EHRs and other health IT to enable reliable transfer of data within and across organizational and state boundaries. CCHIT was selected as the compliance testing body by the partnership. The pilot will begin soon after the HIMSS meeting, and the launch of the certification program is planned for late in the spring.

“We’re creating a robust, highly automated testing program using an open source version of the AEGIS Developers Integration Lab (DIL) tool that relies on a set of specifications created by the partnership. Our aim is to enable true plug and play connectivity to simplify HIT development and reduce the cost of interface development,” said Alisa Ray, Executive Director and CEO, CCHIT.  “This will help health IT developers get their technology to market quickly and prepare provider and HIE participants share information more efficiently.”

EHR developers and others can view a demonstration of CCHIT’s testing software at the HIMSS Interoperability Showcase (Kiosk 17-7, La Nouvelle Ballroom–Level 2).

“The certification program also will support a recently announced collaboration between Healtheway and the Care Connectivity Consortium (CCC), combining Healtheway’s robust network services expertise with the advanced patient-centered care technology and commitment to health IT innovation of CCC,” said Mariann Yeager, Healtheway’s Executive Director.  “The collaboration will support IT interoperability among more than 40 health provider organizations across the nation, including founders Geisinger Health System (PA), Group Health Cooperative (WA), Intermountain Healthcare (UT), Kaiser Permanente (CA), and Mayo Clinic (MN).”

Additional HIMSS13 Demonstrations

CCHIT experts also will be on hand during the HIMSS meeting at The Meaningful Use Experience, Booth 149 in the Exhibit Hall. The Meaningful Use Experience is a special demonstration area that puts visitors in the middle of certified EHR solutions including complete EHR and EHR modules. Visitors to this interactive event will be able to connect with vendors, hear presentations and see demonstrations side-by-side.

About CCHIT

The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT®) is 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 is authorized 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. More information on CCHIT and its programs is available athttp://cchit.org and http://source.cchit.org.

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

About EHR/HIE Interoperability Workgroup

The EHR | HIE Interoperability Workgroup is a New York eHealth Collaborative-led coalition of 19 States (representing over 50% of the U.S. population), 20 electronic health record (EHR) vendors, and 23 health information exchange (HIE vendors). The workgroup was launched in February 2011 to leverage existing standards and develop consistent implementation guides for interoperability between HIE software platforms, and the applications that interface with them. For more information about the Workgroup, visit www.interopwg.org.

About Healtheway
Healtheway is a non-profit organization chartered to operationally support the eHealth Exchange, a rapidly growing community of exchange partners, who share information under a common trust framework and a common set of rules. Currently, 38 participants include four federal agencies, six states, eight beacon communities and more than a dozen Health Information Organizations (HIOs) and health systems, which represent hundreds of hospitals, thousands of providers and millions of patients. Healtheway leads in cross-industry collaboration to develop implementation strategies that enable secure, interoperable nationwide exchange of health information. For more information about Healtheway and the eHealth Exchange: www.healthewayinc.org.

About AEGIS

AEGIS.net, Inc. is a CMMI® for Development (v1.3) Maturity Level 3, CMMI® for Services (v1.3) + Service System Development (SSD) Maturity Level 3 rated, ISO 9001:2008 certified small business  and premier provider of information technology consulting services to federal civilian, defense and

commercial sector clients. AEGIS’s services, delivered by practitioners averaging more than 15 years of experience, include Project Management, Software Functional and Performance Testing, Application Design/Development, Independent Verification and Validation (IV&V), and Organizational Performance/Process Improvement. Our domains of expertise include health IT and interoperability, regulatory compliance, finance, human resources, and logistics. AEGIS offers the patent-pending Developers Integration Lab (DIL) testing solution for health information exchange gateway, interoperability, and compatibility testing.

March 4, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John 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.

SCC Soft Computer® Set to Exhibit at Children’s Oncology Group Cytogenetics Workshop

(Clearwater, FL) February 12, 2013—SCC Soft Computer (SCC) is set to exhibit at the Children’s Oncology Group (COG) Cytogenetics Workshop taking place February 22nd – 23rd at the St. Louis Airport Renaissance Hotel in St. Louis, Missouri.  The ‘Striving for Excellence’ workshop will focus on the key role cytogenetics plays in the outcome of patients with pediatric leukemia.

SCC will showcase a comprehensive Genetics Information Systems Suite™ that offers a full range of genetics information management tools designed to automate workflow in the diagnostic genetics laboratory.  This integrated laboratory and genetics software enables healthcare providers to personalize patient disease treatments based on individual’s unique history and genetic composition, resulting in faster turnaround times in patient treatment.

SCC’s Genetics Information Systems Suite™ consists of 6 technology modules (SoftCytogenetics, SoftMolecular, SoftFlowCytometry, SoftBiochemistry, SoftPathDx, and SoftHLA) which are fully integrated and share the same database and common functionality.  Each module also has specific functionality to support the unique challenges and needs for testing and reporting in these laboratories.

One of the first to produce production-environment-ready genetics information systems, SCC is committed to providing clients with information management systems that enable them to compete in the highly competitive clinical diagnostics marketplace.

2013 Cytogenetics Workshop hours are Friday, February 22 from 1:00 P.M. – 5:30 P.M. and Saturday, February 23 from 8:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.

About COG

The Children’s Oncology Group (COG), a National Cancer Institute supported clinical trials group, is the world’s largest organization devoted exclusively to childhood and adolescent cancer research. The COG unites more than 8,000 experts in childhood cancer at more than 200 leading children’s hospitals, universities, and cancer centers across North America, Australia, New Zealand, and Europe in the fight against childhood cancer.

Today, more than 90% of 13,500 children and adolescents diagnosed with cancer each year in the United States are cared for at Children’s Oncology Group member institutions. COG’s unparalleled collaborative efforts provide the information and support needed to answer important clinical questions in the fight against cancer.

About SCC Soft Computer

SCC is at the forefront of laboratory, genetics, blood services, outreach, pharmacy, and radiology information systems software development and offers full suites of Web-enabled laboratory and genetic information management system solutions.  Since 1979, SCC Soft Computer has designed, developed, and delivered powerful integrated clinical information management solutions to hospitals, large IDNs (integrated delivery networks), and laboratories.

Considered the largest LIS software production house in the world – with a workforce of nearly 1,600 professionals dedicated to LIS development – SCC has experience in accomplishing complex LIS implementations in large, multisite environments.  SCC’s flagship product, SoftLab®, has been recognized as the market standard for its robust functionality and ease of instrument interfacing, including robotics.  SCC’s SoftLab 4.0.3, 4.0.4, and 4.0.6 are 2011/2012 compliant and certified as EHR Modules by the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT®), an ONC-ATCB (Office of the National Coordinator – Authorized Testing and Certification Body), in accordance with the applicable Hospital certification criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS).  For full certification details, please visit:

SCC has been ranked the Number 1 Laboratory Blood Bank application in the Best in KLAS Awards:  Software & Services report in 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012.  SoftBank, SCC’s blood bank and transfusion service management system, has been recognized as the category leader in blood bank information management system solutions for three consecutive years.  SCC is also ranked the Number 1 Laboratory application for Small (1-200 beds) Hospitals in the 2011 Best in KLAS Awards:  Software & Services report.  SoftLab, SCC’s flagship laboratory information system, has been recognized as the category leader in laboratory information management system solutions.  (www.KLASreasearch.com)  SCC is one of the few LIS vendors who can say their systems work as well in a 150-bed community hospital as they do in a high-volume healthcare system.  Their robust, integrated information systems dramatically increase productivity in the laboratory enabling hospitals of all sizes to do more in less time with fewer FTEs.

SCC has also been recognized over the years for its commitment to workforce training and professional development.  SCC placed 3rd in the 2009 ASTD BEST Awards, and received two 2010 ASTD/ISPI OPAL Awards for Excellence in Team Success and Customer Satisfaction and the 2009 ASTD/ISPI OPAL Award for Excellence in Leadership Development.  The company has been included in the Training Top 125 nine times in ten years—including four consecutive years in the Training Top 10 and two years in the Training Top 5, the only healthcare IT firm to achieve this feat.  SCC was inducted into the Training Top 10 Hall of Fame on February 13, 2012, along with computer software giant, Microsoft Corporation (visit www.trainingmag.com for more information).

 

February 15, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John 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.

The Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative’s Quality Data Center Receives ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 Certification

MAeHC Data Warehousing Solution Now Certified as EHR Module; Offers Comprehensive, Flexible and Automated Reporting Options for Providers

Waltham, Mass., November 29, 2011 – The Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative (MAeHC), a pioneer and leader in healthcare delivery through health information technology, announced today that its Quality Data Center version 2.0 is 2011/2012 compliant and was certified as an EHR Module on October 28, 2011 by the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT®), an ONC-ATCB, in accordance with the applicable eligible provider certification criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. The 2011/2012 criteria support the Stage 1 meaningful use measures required to qualify eligible providers and hospitals for funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

The Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative (MAeHC) works to deliver sustainable strategies and hands-on tactical support to bring together healthcare communities and improve healthcare delivery for patients and providers. With its Quality Data Center (QDC), a comprehensive, on-demand data warehousing solution, MAeHC helps organizations launch and sustain continuous improvement. The QDC seamlessly extracts and aggregates data from multiple clinical systems and provides timely feedback that helps clinical teams improve overall quality.

“We believe the ONC-ATCB certification of the MAeHC QDC solution marks a significant milestone for our quality reporting offering, and is very important for our clients seeking to qualify for meaningful use reimbursement,” said Micky Tripathi, CEO of the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative. “The QDC addresses a critical need in the market right now created by the limited reporting capabilities of most EHRs.  Our solution gives providers the flexibility to track a wide range of metrics and do their meaningful use reporting on the data that are most appropriate to their practice.”

The ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 certification program tests and certifies that Complete EHRs meet all of the 2011/2012 criteria and EHR Modules meet one or more – but not all – of the criteria approved by the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) for either eligible provider or hospital technology.
“CCHIT is pleased to be testing and certifying products so that companies are now able to offer these products to providers who wish to purchase and implement certified EHR technology and achieve meaningful use in time for the 2011-2012 incentives,” said Karen M. Bell, M.D., M.S.S., Chair, CCHIT.

The MAeHC Quality Data Center version 2.0’s certification number is CC-1112-001002-1. ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 certification conferred by CCHIT does not represent an endorsement of the certified EHR technology by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services nor does it guarantee the receipt of incentive payments.

The MAeHC Quality Data Center version 2.0, meets the following certification criteria:

General Criteria
•       170.302(o): Access control
•       170.302(p): Emergency access (Exempted)
•       170.302(q): Automatic log-off
•       170.302(r): Audit log
•       170.302(s): Integrity
•       170.302(t): Authentication
•       170.302(u): General encryption
•       170.302(v): Encryption when exchanging electronic health information

Ambulatory Criteria
•       170.304.j: Calculate and submit clinical quality measures

The clinical quality measures to which the MAeHC Quality Data Center version 2.0 has been certified include all 44 Ambulatory Clinical Quality Measures. The full list can be viewed here: http://onc-chpl.force.com/ehrcert/EHRProductDetail?id=a0X30000005AKTjEAO&retURL=%2Fehrcert%2FEHRProductSearch&setting=Ambulatory

About Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative (MAeHC)

The Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative is a national leader in the facilitation and management of electronic health record deployment, health information exchange and quality measure reporting. MAeHC was formed in 2004 to bring together the state’s major health care stakeholders for the purpose of establishing an electronic health record system that would enhance the quality, efficiency, and safety of care in Massachusetts. MAeHC’s charitable mission is to transform the delivery of health care by promoting the use of health IT through community-based adoption of electronic health records and health information exchange. To learn more about the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative, please visit www.maehc.org.

About CCHIT

The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT®) is 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 is approved by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as an Authorized Testing and Certification Body (ONC-ATCB).  More information on CCHIT, CCHIT Certified® products and ONC-ATCB certified electronic health record technology is available at http://cchit.org.

About ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 certification

The ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 certification program tests and certifies that EHR technology is capable of meeting the 2011/2012 criteria approved by the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS). The certifications include Complete EHRs, which meet all of the 2011/2012 criteria for either eligible provider or hospital technology and EHR Modules, which meet one or more – but not all – of the criteria. ONC-ATCB certification aligns with Health Information Technology: Initial Set of Standards, Implementation Specifications, and Certification Criteria for Electronic Health Record Technology published in the Federal Register in July 2010 and strictly adheres to the test procedures published by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) at the time of testing. ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 certification conferred by the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT®) does not represent an endorsement of the certified EHR technology by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services nor does it guarantee the receipt of incentive payments.

November 30, 2011 I Written By

GE Centricity Customer Achieves Stage 1 Meaningful Use

GE Healthcare IT today announced that the Heart & Vascular Center of Arizona (HVCA) is among the first physician practices in the nation to achieve Meaningful Use with a certified EMR. HVCA reached the milestone using Centricity Practice Solution 9.5 on Monday, April 18, the first day of the attestation period.

HVCA Administrator Barbara Watkins, R.N., helped lead the practice’s six cardiologists through the process of preparing for attestation to meet Stage 1 of Meaningful Use. The practice serves more than 15,000 patients and the providers started preparing for attestation actively in fall 2010.

Heart & Vascular Center of Arizona Uses Centricity Practice Solution to Successfully Meet Threshold

GE Healthcare IT, a leading provider of information technology solutions, congratulates Heart & Vascular Center of Arizona (HVCA) as the first Centricity* customer to achieve Meaningful Use. HVCA reached the milestone using Centricity Practice Solution 9.5 on Monday, April 18, the first day of the attestation period.

“The achievement doesn’t speak as much to our ability to work with the technology as it does to our ability to work with patients,” said Barb Watkins, Administrator at HVCA. “We’re already moving beyond this accomplishment and striving to use our information technology tools to make a meaningful difference in the quality of care that we deliver to our patients.”

The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT®) certified Centricity Practice Solution, v9.5 in October 2010 as an ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 complete EHR meeting Stage 1 criteria, a precursor to meaningful use eligibility, making it one of the first systems to meet the standards.

Centricity Practice Solution v9.5 is also a CCHIT Certified®2011 Ambulatory EHR with additional certification in Cardiovascular Medicine with Advanced Reporting and Child Health. In this independent program offering physicians greater assurance that an EHR will meet their special needs, Centricity Practice Solution also scored a five star rating in CCHIT’s usability testing, the highest awarded by the Commission.

“We are thrilled to see HVCA achieve Meaningful Use so quickly,” said Jim Corrigan, Vice President and General Manager of GE Healthcare IT. “We extend our heartfelt congratulations to the entire team at HVCA and see this milestone as a testament to the partnership we have with its staff. We look forward to helping other customers achieve Meaningful Use with the same speed and simplicity enjoyed here.”

Both Centricity Practice Solution 9.5 and 10 have attained 2011/2012 ONC-ATCB certification as a complete EHR from CCHIT®**.   GE Healthcare has several other electronic medical records products that can help customers achieve Meaningful Use.  GE Centricity Enterprise version 6.9 is 2011/2012 compliant and was certified as a complete EHR on February 17, 2011 by Drummond Group Inc.***. GE Centricity EMR version 9.5 is also 2011/2012 compliant and was certified as a Complete EHR on October 28, 2010 by the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT ®)****.  GE Healthcare also previously announced that CCHIT issued GE Centricity Advance, v10.1 GE’s web-based EMR for smaller physician practices, 2011/2012 ONC-ATCB certification as a complete EHR*****.

CCHIT and The Drummond Group made these designations in their capacity as Office of the National Coordinator – Authorized Temporary Certification Bodies (ONC-ATCBs) in accordance with the applicable eligible provider certification criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS).

2011/2012 certification conferred by these agencies does not represent an endorsement of the certified EHR technology by HHS nor does it guarantee the receipt of incentive payments.

ABOUT GE HEALTHCARE:

GE Healthcare provides transformational medical technologies and services that are shaping a new age of patient care. Our broad expertise in medical imaging and information technologies, medical diagnostics, patient monitoring systems, drug discovery, biopharmaceutical manufacturing technologies, performance improvement and performance solutions services help our customers to deliver better care to more people around the world at a lower cost. In addition, we partner with healthcare leaders, striving to leverage the global policy change necessary to implement a successful shift to sustainable healthcare systems.

Our “healthymagination” vision for the future invites the world to join us on our journey as we continuously develop innovations focused on reducing costs, increasing access and improving quality around the world. Headquartered in the United Kingdom, GE Healthcare is a unit of General Electric Company (NYSE: GE). Worldwide, GE Healthcare employees are committed to serving healthcare professionals and their patients in more than 100 countries. For more information about GE Healthcare, visit our website at www.gehealthcare.com.

April 29, 2011 I Written By

HENRY SCHEIN MICROMD® EMR Version 7.5 RECEIVES ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 complete EHR CERTIFICATION TO HELP HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS QUALIFY FOR FINANCIAL INCENTIVES UNDER PRESIDENT OBAMA’S AMERICAN RECOVERY AND REINVESTMENT ACT

Melville, N.Y.  – March 8, 2011 – Henry Schein MicroMD®, a provider of proven and cost-effective practice management (PM) and electronic medical records (EMR) systems, announced today that its MicroMD EMR Version 7.5 achieved ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 Complete EHR (Electronic Health Record) Certification, and can help health care providers using Electronic Health Record (EHR) technology meet the requirements needed to receive financial incentives earmarked under President Obama’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009.

MicroMD EMR Version 7.5 attained ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 Complete EHR certification status through the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT), a U.S. Office of the National Coordinator – Authorized Testing and Certification Body (ONC-ATCB), in accordance with the applicable Eligible Provider certification criteria adopted by the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS).* The certification was formalized on February 16, 2011. The ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 certification program tests and certifies that Complete EHRs meet all of the 2011/2012 criteria, and that EHR modules meet one or more, but not all, of the criteria approved by HHS for either eligible health care provider or hospital technology.  The EHR certification enables health care providers to meet the Stage 1 meaningful use standards to qualify for the federal incentive payments established under ARRA, and outlined in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) EHR Incentive Program.

“We are pleased that MicroMD EMR 7.5 has been awarded Complete EHR certification status, further helping our customers to meet meaningful use requirements,” said Keith Slater, Vice President and General Manager for Henry Schein MicroMD.  “This certification demonstrates the strengths and capabilities that our EMR system delivers to physicians –helping practitioners to qualify for incentive payments, as well as improve the workflow and productivity of their practice, while enhancing the delivery of care.”

Mr. Slater added, “We understand the complexities of the ARRA guidelines and challenges physicians are facing as they work to implement a certified EMR system.   Henry Schein MicroMD is committed to maintaining EHR certification requirements, which will help our customers move forward with confidence into this new era of health care automation.”

* This certification does not represent an endorsement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services or guarantee the receipt of incentive payments. Henry Schein Medical Systems  EMR Version 7.5 Certification ID is CC-1112-524956-3.Self Attested Additional Software Used in Testing: SureScripts, and MicroMD Patient Portal Version 7.5. Tested quality measures include: NQF 0421 Adult Weight Screening & Follow-Up, NQF 0013 Hypertension: Blood Pressure Measurement, NQF 0028 Tobacco Use Assessment and Cessation, NQF 0041 Influenza Immunization, NQF 0024 Weight Assessment and Counseling, NQF 0038 Childhood Immunization Status, NQF 0043 Pneumonia Vaccination Status, NQF 0031 Breast Cancer Screening and NQF 0032 Cervical Cancer Screening.

About MicroMD

The Henry Schein MicroMD brand of practice solutions encompasses simple yet powerful electronic medical records and practice management software that help facilitate the delivery of superior patient care; automate incentive and quality reporting activities; and streamline operations for today’s busy providers. Full-featured, time-tested and budget-friendly, the MicroMD ONC-ATCB certified, award-winning software helps small practices, large medical groups, community health centers and billing services accelerate progress towards a paperless environment and health information exchange with minimal disruption and stress. High client retention rates attest to its market-leading presence and client-centric focus. For more information, visit www.micromd.com or call 1-330-758-8832 x 133.

About Henry Schein, Inc.

Henry Schein, a Fortune 500® company and a member of the NASDAQ 100® Index, is the largest distributor of products and services to office-based health care practitioners.  The Company is recognized for its excellent customer service and highly competitive prices.  The Company’s five  businesses – North American Dental, North American Medical, North American Animal Health, International and Technology – serve more than 700,000 customers worldwide, including dental practitioners and laboratories, physician practices and animal health practices, as well as government and other institutions.   The Company operates through a centralized and automated distribution network, which provides customers in more than 200 countries with a comprehensive selection of more than 90,000 national and Henry Schein private-brand products in stock, as well as more than 100,000 additional products available as special-order items.  Henry Schein also provides exclusive, innovative technology offerings for dental, medical and veterinary professionals, including value-added practice management software and electronic health record solutions.

Headquartered in Melville, N.Y., Henry Schein employs more than 14,000 people and has operations or affiliates in 25 countries.  The Company’s net sales reached a record $7.5 billion in 2010.  For more information, visit the Henry Schein Web site at www.henryschein.com.

About CCHIT

The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT®) is 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 is approved by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health

Information Technology (ONC) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as an

Authorized Testing and Certification Body (ONC-ATCB).  More information on CCHIT, CCHIT Certified® products and ONC-ATCB certified electronic health record technology is available at http://cchit.org.

 

 

March 10, 2011 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John 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.

Sunquest’s LABORATORY INFORMATION SYSTEM EARNS ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 CERTIFICATION

Sunquest Information Systems announced today that Sunquest Laboratory™ version 6.3 is 2011/2012 compliant and was certified as an EHR Module on February 16, 2011 by the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT®), an ONC-ATCB, in accordance with the applicable certification criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. The 2011/2012 criteria support the Stage 1 meaningful use measures required to qualify eligible providers and hospitals for funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Sunquest had previously earned CCHIT certification for Sunquest Laboratory™ version 6.4.2.

“We have long held the belief that meaningful use requires meaningful laboratory results, and I am extremely pleased that Sunquest has earned this important certification. Our advanced LIS solution combined with our modular meaningful use capabilities offer the necessary technology, functionality, and security to help users meet the meaningful use criteria established for laboratory data,” said Richard Atkin, Sunquest’s president and chief executive officer.

The ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 certification program tests and certifies that Complete EHRs meet all of the 2011/2012 criteria and EHR Modules meet one or more – but not all – of the criteria approved by the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) for either eligible provider or hospital technology.

“CCHIT is pleased to be testing and certifying products so that companies are now able to offer these products to providers who wish to purchase and implement certified EHR technology and achieve meaningful use in time for the 2011-2012 incentives,” said Karen M. Bell, M.D., M.S.S., Chair, CCHIT.

The certification number of Sunquest Laboratory version 6.3 is CC-1112-715250-2. ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 certification conferred by CCHIT does not represent an endorsement of the certified EHR technology by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services nor does it guarantee the receipt of incentive payments.

Sunquest Laboratory version 6.3 meets the following certification criteria:

  • 170.302(h) – Incorporate Lab Results
  • 170.306(g) – Reportable Lab Results
  • 170.302(o) – Access Control
  • 170.302(p) – Emergency Access
  • 170.302(q) – Automatic Log-Off
  • 170.302(r) – Audit Log
  • 170.302(s) – Integrity
  • 170.302(t) – Authentication
  • 170.302(u) – General Encryption
  • 170.302(v) – Encryption when Exchanging Electronic Health Information

About Sunquest Information Systems

Sunquest Information Systems, Inc. delivers market leading diagnostic information technology and outreach solutions designed and implemented to fulfill the business objectives of today’s healthcare leaders. Headquartered in Tucson, Arizona, the company has offices in Raleigh, North Carolina; Norwich, United Kingdom; and Bangalore, India. Sunquest serves the global marketplace with reliable technology required for mission critical applications. These solutions provide the foundation to optimize the healthcare experience, deliver safe, effective, and timely patient care, expand community reach, and transform the delivery of healthcare with predictive and personalized medicine.

For more information, please visit www.sunquestinfo.com, or phone +1 (800) 748-0692.

About CCHIT

The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT®) is 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 is approved by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as an Authorized Testing and Certification Body (ONC-ATCB).  More information on CCHIT, CCHIT Certified® products and ONC-ATCB certified electronic health record technology is available at http://cchit.org.

About ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 certification

The ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 certification program tests and certifies that EHR technology is capable of meeting the 2011/2012 criteria approved by the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS). The certifications include Complete EHRs, which meet all of the 2011/2012 criteria for either eligible provider or hospital technology and EHR Modules, which meet one or more – but not all – of the criteria. ONC-ATCB certification aligns with Health Information Technology: Initial Set of Standards, Implementation Specifications, and Certification Criteria for Electronic Health Record Technology published in the Federal Register in July 2010 and strictly adheres to the test procedures published by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) at the time of testing.   ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 certification conferred by the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT®) does not represent an endorsement of the certified EHR technology by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services nor does it guarantee the receipt of incentive payments

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

 

March 2, 2011 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John 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.

GE Healthcare Announces New Solutions to Support EMR Meaningful Use

Centricity Practice Solution 10, Centricity Patient Online 12 Unveiled at HIMSS11 Conference
ORLANDO– Feb 21, 2011 – At the annual meeting of the Health Information Management and Systems Society (HIMSS) in Orlando this week, GE Healthcare announced two new Electronic Medical Record (EMR) solutions that have been certified for meaningful use. Centricity* Practice Solution 10 and Centricity Patient Online 12 are enhancements to existing EMR solutions from GE Healthcare that will help customers achieve Meaningful Use and go beyond, meeting the needs of clinicians and patients with elegant design, intuitive workflows and easy-to-use features.

“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.”

Centricity Practice Solution 10
Centricity Practice Solution 10 is the evolution of GE Healthcare’s fully integrated EMR and practice management system for physician practices. Centricity Practice Solution 10 now has embedded reports that providers can use to track their progress toward becoming “meaningful users.” This new version has already attained 2011/2012 Meaningful Use Stage I certification as a complete EHR from CCHIT®**. Leveraging the quality improvement and reporting capabilities that have long been part of GE Healthcare’s Medical Quality Improvement Consortium (MQIC), Centricity Practice Solution 10 customers will continue to be at the forefront of quality benchmarking through access to powerful and convenient reporting for Meaningful Use, PQRI, NCQA and other incentive-driven reporting initiatives. Centricity Practice Solution customers will now able to track the clinical quality measures for Meaningful Use, and also have improved data to drive quality care for their patients.

Centricity Practice Solution 10 features a welcoming design and easy navigation based on extensive research with EMR users. Robust without being overwhelming, each screen provides just the right amount of information, clearly demarcated so busy doctors can focus on just the patient data that’s needed at each moment – which can improve real, ongoing adoption of digital medical records. The solution is currently being implemented by several early-adopter customers. GE Healthcare expects the product to be generally-available in the second calendar quarter of 2011.

Centricity Patient Online 12
GE Healthcare is demonstrating Centricity Patient Online 12, a new release of the company’s established Patient Portal technology, at HIMSS11. Centricity Patient Online creates a single channel of communications that extends the provider workflow to the patient’s home to help reduce costs, enhance quality, and increase access to care. Centricity Patient Online 12 also helps providers meet Meaningful Use Stage 1 required and menu-pick rulings with many new capabilities. These include the ability to give patients an electronic copy of their health information upon request, to provide timely electronic access to the patient’s health information (including lab results, problem list, medication lists and medication allergies) within four business days of the information being available to the provider, to provide clinical summaries for patients for each office visit and to offer patient-specific educational resources. Centricity Patient Online 12 is generally available today.

Additional GE Healthcare Solutions Certified for Meaningful Use
GE Healthcare also announced that two more of its solutions recently achieved Meaningful Use certification. Centricity Enterprise 6.9 is 2011/2012 compliant and was certified as a complete EHR on February 17, 2011 by The Drummond Group***. Centricity Enterprise 6.6.3.2 had been previously announced as a certified Complete Eligible Hospital EHR.**** Centricity EMR 9.5, which is expected to be available in early Q2, is also 2011/2012 compliant and was certified as a Complete EHR on October 28, 2010 by the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT ®)*****. GE Healthcare also previously announced that Centricity Advance, its web-based EMR for smaller physician practices, is 2011/2012 Meaningful Use certified as a complete EHR******.

CCHIT and The Drummond Group made these designations in their capacity as Office of the National Coordinator – Authorized Temporary Certification Bodies (ONC-ATCBs) in accordance with the applicable eligible provider certification criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Currently-available versions of the company’s specialty solutions, Centricity Perinatal 6.9 and Centricity Perioperative Anesthesia 7.6, have also been submitted to certifying bodies and are expected to achieve modular certification in the first half of 2011. Modular certification indicates that the vendor has passed the mandatory privacy and security tests established by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and supports some of the Meaningful Use objectives. To certify as a modular software vendor, GE Healthcare must meet the same mandatory privacy and security tests as full EHR vendors. Upon successful completion of the modular certification, GE Healthcare will announce the detailed components for which it is certified.

ABOUT GE HEALTHCARE:

GE Healthcare provides transformational medical technologies and services that are shaping a new age of patient care. Our broad expertise in medical imaging and information technologies, medical diagnostics, patient monitoring systems, drug discovery, biopharmaceutical manufacturing technologies, performance improvement and performance solutions services help our customers to deliver better care to more people around the world at a lower cost. In addition, we partner with healthcare leaders, striving to leverage the global policy change necessary to implement a successful shift to sustainable healthcare systems.

Our “healthymagination” vision for the future invites the world to join us on our journey as we continuously develop innovations focused on reducing costs, increasing access and improving quality around the world. Headquartered in the United Kingdom, GE Healthcare is a unit of General Electric Company (NYSE: GE). Worldwide, GE Healthcare employees are committed to serving healthcare professionals and their patients in more than 100 countries. For more information about GE Healthcare, visit our website at www.gehealthcare.com.
For our latest news, please visit http://newsroom.gehealthcare.com
*Centricity is a trademark of General Electric Company.

** Centricity Practice Solution 10 (certification #CC-1112-704359-2) was certified as being substantially equivalent to Centricity Practice Solution version 9.5, which was certified on October 28, 2010 and meets the following clinical quality measures: NQF 0013, NQF 0024, NQF 0028, NQF 0038, NQF 0041, NQF 0059, NQF 0061, NQF 0064, NQF 0421. Additional software used in testing included: SureScripts OR Info Scan, SureScripts via Centricity eScript Messenger, Centricity Clinical Gateway & LinkLogic Interface Engine, Quality Reporting Services & Performance Reporting OR Centricity Practice Solution 9.5 Reports & Performance Reporting, Quality Reporting Services OR Centricity Practice Solutions 9.5 reports, Centricity Practice Patient Portal OR Patient Online, Medispan Drug Database, LinkLogic Interface Enginee.

*** Centricity Enterprise version 6.9 (certification #1028201043218) was certified on February 17, 2011 and meets the following clinical quality measures: NQF0371, NQF0372, NQF0373, NQF0374, NQF0375, NQF0376, NQF0435, NQF0436, NQF0437, NQF0438, NQF0439, NQF0440, NQF0441, NQF0495, NQF0497. No additional software was used in testing.

**** Centricity Enterprise version 6.6.3.2 (certification # 1028201043218) was certified on October 28, 2010 and meets the following clinical quality measures: NQF0495, NQF0497, NQF0435, NQF0436, NQF0437, NQF0438, NQF0439, NQF0440, NQF0441, NQF0371, NQF0372, NQF0373, NQF0374, NQF0375, NQF0376. No additional software was used in testing.

***** Centricity EMR version 9.5 (certification # CC-1112-704359-2) was certified on October 28, 2010 and meets the following clinical quality measures: NQF 0013, NQF 0024, NQF 0028, NQF 0038, NQF 0041, NQF 0059, NQF 0061, NQF 0064, NQF 0421. Additional software used in testing included: SureScripts OR Info Scan, via Centricity eScript Messenger, Centricity Clinical Gateway & LinkLogic Interface Engine, Quality Reporting Services & Performance Reporting OR Centricity Practice Solution 9.5 Reports & Performance Reporting, Quality Reporting Services OR Centricity Practice Solutions 9.5 reports, Centricity Practice Patient Portal OR Patient Online, Medispan Drug Database, LinkLogic Interface Engine.

****** Centricity Advance version 10.1 (certification # CC-1112-470465-1) was certified as a Complete EHR on October 1, 2010 and meets the following clinical quality measures: NQF 0013, NQF 0024, NQF 0028, NQF 0031, NQF 0034, NQF 0038, NQF 0041, NQF 0064, NQF 0421.
2011/2012 certification does not represent an endorsement of the certified EHR technology by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services nor does it guarantee the receipt of incentive payments.
“CCHIT®” and “CCHIT Certified®” are registered trademarks of the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology.
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February 23, 2011 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John 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.