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Accreditor for ONC Health IT Certification Program approved for second term

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has approved the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) for a second three-year term as the ONC-Approved Accreditor (ONC-AA) for the ONC Health Information Technology Certification Program.

ONC certifies electronic health record (EHR) technology products to ensure they meet the standards to improve health care quality, safety, and efficiency through the promotion of health information technology and electronic health information exchange.

EHR products that have been successfully tested by a National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program Accredited Testing Laboratory are certified under this program. The ONC-AA accredits the certification bodies that seek to serve as ONC-Authorized Certification Bodies (ONC-ACBs) under this program and ensures that they continue to meet requirements necessary to maintain accreditation.

ANSI was approved as the ONC-AA after a competitive process that included an evaluation against a specific set of requirements. The requirements include conformance to ISO/IEC 17011 (General requirements for accreditation bodies accrediting conformity assessment bodies), and sexperience evaluating conformance of certification bodies to ISO Guide 65 (General requirements for bodies operating product certification systems).

ONC’s goal is to give assurance to EHR developers, users, and the general public that certified products meet and maintain the functionalities required for certification.

May 14, 2014 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.

AOD Software Passes National ICD-10 Testing

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Validates Company’s ICD-10 Readiness

Fort Lauderdale, FL – March 20, 2014 – AOD Software, delivering the industry’s leading integrated software solution to long-term care providers, announced today the successful participation in the national ICD-10 testing by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) with clean 999 ACK and 277CA claim detail reports. AOD is one of the first long-term care providers to pass the CMS ICD-10 testing.

AOD’s solution suite, Answers™, is composed of clinical, financial, operational and point of sale solutions, and AOD is focused on confirming that all relevant components are prepared for the migration to the ICD-10 code set. Such integration of solutions allows customers to increase productivity, reduce errors, cut costs and manage a practice without overwhelming confusion or concern about industry transitions.

“AOD is committed to providing our clients with the tools they need to successfully prepare for this transition,” said Charles George, CTO and VP of Research and Development. “Proactively participating in the national CMS testing was a priority, to help provide our clients with certainty that the product is ready. We want to help our clients approach the October 1st deadline with confidence. As with other regulations, we have focused on being on the leading edge of preparations so our customers are fully prepared, and the fact that Answers™ was the first Electronic Health Record to receive CCHIT® certification for LTPAC and achieve ONC-ATCB Modular Certification is another example of our forward-thinking to provide our clients with the best product and services within the industry.”

AOD aims to provide a seamless transition that is highly customizable to all customers’ needs. As part of that effort, ICD-9 codes will be available, along with the new ICD-10 codes, throughout the transition period. Embedded interactive mapping will provide codes for users, even when multiple codes are available for a specific case. AOD will continue to partner with its customers, providing educational tools and on-demand training, in order to make the process as seamless as possible.

To pass the ICD-10 test, two separate trials are performed by the Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC). First, the 999 ACK checks the file format (ASCx12) and the NPI (National Provider Identifier) header segments for HIPAA compliance. Before submitting the UB04 for payment, validity of 277CA transmission reports is checked. In this case, test files were submitted by the Live Oak team to the Medicare contractor, Novitas Solutions, Inc. As a result, AOD’s UB04 file format, with ICD-10 diagnosis codes, passed CMS testing criteria and was ready for payment.

About AOD Software

AOD is the industry’s leading provider of integrated clinical, financial, operational and point-of-sale solutions to long-term and post-acute care (LTPAC) facilities. With more than 45 modules, AOD’s software solution, Answers™, is the most comprehensive solution in the industry, offering single-point access to robust, enterprise-wide functionality, including electronic health records (EHR), MDS, care plans, assisted living, home health, human resources, billing, payroll and financials (general ledger, accounts payable, facilities management and donor development). The software suite is the industry’s only fully integrated system that maximizes the capabilities of Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs), Assisted Living Facilities (ALFs), Skilled Nursing Home Facilities (SNFs), Independent Living, Rehabilitation and Home Health Agencies. For more information, please visit www.AODsoftware.com.

March 21, 2014 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.

EMRdoc Achieves Modular Certification for Meaningful Use

OMAHA  – EPOWERdoc’s EMRdoc has received the federal government’s “meaningful use” stamp of approval by earning Modular Certification. The designation officially deems the electronic health record (EHR) software capable of enabling providers to qualify for funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Tested and certified under the Drummond Group’s Electronic Health Records Office of the National Coordinator Authorized Testing and Certification Body (ONC-ATCB) program, the EHR software is 2011/2012 compliant in accordance with the criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services.  EMRdoc is a complete Emergency Department Information System.

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

EMRdoc, which met the requirements for Modular Certification, is a full Emergency Department Information System with risk-fortified clinical content and essential modules that maximize speed and patient flow in the Emergency Department. The unique electronic charting system incorporates the data entry format that was pioneered in our widely accepted paper template systems.  Our electronic medical record that permits extraordinarily fast charting and ease of use. EPOWERdoc’s electronic chart design and data entry format allow the user, with the touch of a pen, to document their findings. Handwriting and voice recognition and keyboard entry capacities enhance the already simple data input process.

May 31, 2011 I Written By

GE Centricity Perinatal Latest GE Product to Meet Eligibility Requirements for Meaningful Use Incentives

InfoGard Laboratories Validates Latest Version of Product for Modular Certification

GE Healthcare’s Centricity* Perinatal 6.90 has received Modular EHR Certification. This solution enables eligible providers and hospitals to use the Centricity  Perinatal solution as part of their efforts to meet meaningful use measures and qualify for federal health IT incentives.

“We are proud to have reached this milestone of modular certification,” said Don Woodlock, Vice President and General Manager of GE Healthcare IT’s Specialty Solutions business. “Certification is an involved process, and represents our commitment to empower our customers to address the challenges of meaningful use, should they elect to pursue federal incentives.”

Centricity Perinatal, an EHR Module, is 2011/2012 compliant. It has been certified by InfoGard, an ONC-ATCB, 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.

Certification for Centricity Perinatal 6.90 was received on March 21, 2011, Certification Number IG-2392-11-0043, meeting the following criteria: 170.302(g) Smoking status; 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; 170.306 (h) Advance Directives.

Full certification information is available on the Certified HIT Product List (CHPL), which provides the authoritative, comprehensive listing of Complete EHRs and EHR Modules that have been tested and certified under the Temporary Certification Program maintained by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC).

*Centricity is a registered trademark of General Electric Company.

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 atwww.gehealthcare.com.

ABOUT INFOGARD LABORATORIES:

InfoGard has been instrumental in developing a number of government and private sector test and certification programs, including NIST’s Cryptographic Module Validation Program, programs for postage metering systems in five western countries, and two programs for the payment card industry. InfoGard is also an accredited Common Criteria laboratory. This experienced has provided InfoGard the ability to collaborate successfully with many different organizations in the development of IT testing and certification programs. InfoGard is independent, self-funded and employee owned. For further information, please visit www.infogard.com.

 

April 1, 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.

Henry Ford Health System Embarks on Enterprise-wide, State-of-the-Art EHR Go-Live

Detroit, Michigan – March 17, 2011 – Henry Ford Health System, a Detroit-based national leader in healthcare, embarks on their IDN-wide Go-Live and deployment of their new enterprise electronic health record (EHR), named Care Plus Next Generation (CPNG).
The commercial owner of the software is Reliance Software Systems, Inc. (RelWare) of Farmington Hills, Michigan.  RelWare’s saleable offering, known as EXR, has been ONC-ATCB certified as Complete Inpatient EHR and Ambulatory Module EHR.  The extensive functionality of EXR is offered by RelWare in scalable configurations for all hospitals, health systems, clinics, large practices and health information exchanges.

“This represents a significant milestone in the history of our health system and an achievement of which we are all very proud,” states Henry Ford President and Chief Operating Officer, Robert G. Riney. “CarePlus Next Generation is the foundation upon which we continue to build great value to our organization, our providers and our patients.  RelWare has been a strong, reliable partner throughout this endeavor and CPNG will change the way Henry Ford delivers care.”

Alicia Brown, President and Chief Executive Officer of Reliance Software Systems, Inc. notes: “RelWare is very proud to be partners in this milestone achievement with Henry Ford Health System in both the readiness of the software and their enormously successful Go-Live.  We continue to get outstanding response from physicians and clinicians on the ease of use and workflow of our EHR.  Because our state-of-the-art, web-based patient record is at the beginning of its product lifecycle and the latest in web technologies, Henry Ford and all our clients will demonstrate ease of growth well into the 21st century.”

At Henry Ford, CPNG is being deployed to over 12,000 users and 1,200+ physicians in 6 hospitals and over 120 clinics.  It interfaces with over 150 systems to build upon Henry Ford’s existing lifetime clinical data repository started almost 20 years ago.  RelWare’s immediate focus is to provide EXR in-house and in SaaS / Cloud configurations, particularly to Critical Access and small hospitals.  “It scales up, it scales down—smaller hospitals need their Meaningful Use reimbursements, and we intend to deliver that,” says Ms. Brown.

About Henry Ford Health System

Henry Ford Health System, one of the country’s largest health care systems, is a national leader in clinical care, research and education. It includes the 1,200-member Henry Ford Medical Group, six hospitals, the Health Alliance Plan, 32 primary care centers and many other health-related entities throughout Southeast Michigan. Founded in 1915 by auto pioneer Henry Ford, the health system continues to be committed to improving the health and well-being of a diverse Michigan community. In 2009 alone, Henry Ford provided more than $173 million in uncompensated care. Henry Ford also is a major economic driver in Michigan: the health system plans to invest $500 million to expand the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, and employs more than 23,000. The health system is led by CEO Nancy Schlichting. To learn more, visit www.HenryFord.com.


About RelWare

Since 1998, RelWare’s corporate goals have been centered on delivering a quality-driven, reliable, affordable, web-based EHR to healthcare. A focus of the product is incorporating thin technology with low total cost of ownership and emphasis on usability and flexibility in workflow to meet the individual needs of every user. RelWare makes the difference through advanced, consistent software solutions and successful, implementation-driven service. RelWare and EXR: it’s what you want. To learn more about RelWare, visitwww.relware.com

March 27, 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.

Arkansas REC Selects Medical Informatics Engineering (MIE) as Preferred Electronic Health Records Vendor

Fort Wayne, Ind. – March 14, 2011 – Medical Informatics Engineering (MIE), a Web-based, minimally invasiveTM electronic health record (EHR) provider, was recently named a preferred vendor by HITArkansas, the Regional Extension Center (REC) for Arkansas. As a preferred vendor, WebChart EHR from MIE will help HITArkansas’ participating healthcare provider’s transition from paper to electronic health records and qualify for meaningful use incentives under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

MIE was one of the first EHR vendors to receive ONC-ATCB certification for Meaningful Use Stage One as a Complete EHR (WebChart EHR 5.1) and is also a CCHIT Certified® 2011 Ambulatory EHR (WebChart EHR Version 5.1) with a 5-star usability rating – the highest possible rating.

“We at HITArkansas are pleased to add MIE to our list of preferred vendors,” said Ray Hanley, President and CEO of Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care (AFMC). “MIE offers Arkansas’ providers who work with this vendor a Web-based EHR solution to facilitate faster, more efficient and higher quality health care for patients across the state.”

“Our ultimate goal is to improve healthcare outcomes and we are dedicated to serving Regional Extension Centers and the provider community here in Arkansas and throughout the United States,” said Bruce Lisanti, CEO of Medical Informatics Engineering (MIE). “WebChart EHR from MIE is a unique, minimally invasive™ system perfect for small to mid-sized physician practices because it is an easy to use, affordable, Web-based platform that is accessible from any location, on any device and can be customized to a practice’s specific workflow and integrated with billing systems, labs, pharmacies, registries, HIEs and consumer health platforms like NoMoreClipboard.com, Google Health and Microsoft HealthVault.”

HITArkansas is committed to assisting more than 1,280 physicians in adopting and meaningfully using an EHR by 2012. Practice areas eligible to utilize HITArkansas services include priority primary care physicians — family practice, general practice, internal medicine, obstetric/gynecology and pediatric physicians. Other specialty providers interested in working with HITArkansas are also invited to contact the REC.

About Medical Informatics Engineering (MIE)

MIE offers a web-based suite of electronic health record products that are accessible, interoperable, flexible and affordable. This minimally invasive™ EHR product line was built by listening to physicians and designed to achieve meaningful use without turning the practice or the P&L upside down.

MIE solutions are employed by small, specialty and group practices; Fortune 500 enterprise employee health clinics (including the Dow Chemical Company and Google); and safety net providers caring for the indigent and uninsured. MIE launched one of the first sustainable health information exchanges in the country, fostered 65 percent EHR adoption in Northeast Indiana, and deploys EHRs across the United States and around the world. MIE solutions include chronic disease management, occupational health, personal health record, patient portal, and wellness modules. MIE has taken 15 different specialties chartless, and MIE products are endorsed by the American College of Cardiology.

About HITArkansas

HITArkansas (www.hitarkansas.org), a division of AFMC (http://www.afmc.org/), works in cooperation with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) to provide training, support, technical assistance, outreach and collaboration to health care providers across the state as they work to achieve meaningful use of EHRs. AFMC was incorporated in 1972 as a private, nonprofit educational organization dedicated to the clinical evaluation and improvement of health care in Arkansas and throughout the country.

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WebChart EHR, Version 5.1 from Medical Informatics Engineering (MIE) is 2011/2012 compliant and has been certified by the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT®), an ONC-ATCB, in accordance with the applicable certification criteria for eligible providers adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. The unique certification number for WebChart EHR, Version 5.1 from MIE is CC-1112-844134-1 and the product was certified on Sept 30, 2010 for the following clinical quality measures: NQF 0421, NQF 0013, NQF 0028, NQF 0041, NQF 0024, NQF 0038, NQF 0059, NQF, 0064, NQF 0061. (This certification does not represent an endorsement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services or guarantee the receipt of incentive payments.)

March 16, 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 Centricity Enterprise 6.9 Achieves 2011/2012 Certification

Hospital Solution the Latest in Centricity Family to Receive ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 Complete EHR Certification
ORLANDO – Feb 21, 2011 – GE Healthcare is pleased to announce that GE Centricity* Enterprise version 6.9 is officially 2011/2012 compliant and was certified as a Complete EHR February 17, 2011 by Drummond Group Inc. Drummond Group made the designation in its capacity as an Office of the National Coordinator – Authorized Temporary Certification Body (ONC-ATCB) in accordance with the applicable Eligible Hospital certification criteria adopted by the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS).

“Centricity Enterprise supports our commitment to exceptional medicine and compassionate care in our three state, eight hospital system,” said Dr. John Haughom, Senior VP, Clinical Quality and Patient Safety at PeaceHealth, a GE Healthcare partner since 1994. PeaceHealth also uses Centricity Enterprise in its approximate 600-member PeaceHealth Medical Group that supports care in each community served by PeaceHealth. “We are looking forward to implementing Centricity Enterprise 6.9 and believe the solution will go beyond just supporting our organization in demonstrating Meaningful Use. We believe it will also prepare us for the future of patient care.”

Centricity Enterprise version 6.9, including any combination of Enterprise Orders, Gemini Orders, Centricity Enterprise Medication Reconciliation, Centricity Enterprise Discharge Instructions, Centricity Enterprise Patient Discharge Instructions, Menon™ Medication Reconciliation, and Menon™ Discharge Instructions (certification # 1028201043218) 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.

The 2011/2012 certification conferred by Drummond Group 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.

“Coming on the heels of our ONC-ATCB certification for Centricity Enterprise 6.6.3.2, the certification of Centricity Enterprise 6.9 continues to reinforce our commitment to our customers and our singular focus on customer success,” said Jim Corrigan, Vice President and General Manager of GE Healthcare IT. “With the certification of the 6.9 platform, our customers are assured that they have robust solutions that will support their MU journey.”

*Centricity is a registered trademark of General Electric Company.

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.

ABOUT DRUMMOND GROUP:
Drummond Group Inc., the trusted software test lab, provides effective and efficient electronic health record (EHR) testing to healthcare information technology vendors. As an Office of the National Coordinator Authorized Testing and Certification Body (ONC-ATCB), Drummond Group works closely with healthcare software vendors to certify EHRs for use by providers that are looking to qualify for incentive funds under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Drummond Group is approved to certify both complete and 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.

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.

XLEMR Receives Meaningful Use Certification

Atlanta, February 18, 2011 – XLEMR, a developer of custom electronic health records (EHR) that focuses on practices that seek a simple, mobile, and efficient solution, announced today that its EHR software has achieved certification as a Complete Ambulatory EHR under the Office of the National Coordinator’s (ONC) certification program.

Testing was performed by InfoGard Laboratories, an ONC-designated Authorized Testing and Certification Body (ONC-ATCB) for EHR systems, on January 26th and 27th, 2011.  During the test, XLEMR demonstrated their software meets the requirements for meaningful use.  Eligible providers can now use XLEMR to qualify for HITECH stimulus funds, which can result in up to $44,000 per provider under Medicare or $64,000 under Medicaid.

“XLEMR offers a unique solution to medical providers that want a simple, custom solution,” says Tripp Weeks, President of XLEMR.  “Most other EMR systems are rigid and complex, but XLEMR is built on Microsoft Office, which allows us to create simple, easy solutions that we can tailor to our clients’ needs.”

Providers using XLEMR’s certified product will have the benefit of the familiar interface in addition to all the features required by meaningful use.  For example, providers can take advantage of XLEMR’s interface to Microsoft Health Vault, which allows information sharing between the health record, the patient, and any other care givers authorized by the patient.

E-prescribing is another important feature that allows providers to check drug interactions, medicinal allergies, and formulary compliance.  Sending prescriptions electronically is more efficient than script pads or faxes; it also helps reduce fraud.  XLEMR’s unique approach to e-prescribing allows providers to enjoy all the benefits without additional monthly fees.

“One of the challenges for any vendor is how to incorporate the meaningful use functionality into a system without making it slow or difficult to navigate.  Complexity is one of the things medical professionals fear most in an EHR system.  Many providers hesitate to implement EHR, because they fear the software will be confusing and negatively impact productivity.  XLEMR’s architecture allows us to include all of the meaningful use requirements, while still maintaining our trademark simple interface,” Tripp elaborates.

Providers that want to participate in the stimulus program must first meet eligibility requirements under the Medicare or Medicaid program.  Next, providers must purchase an EHR system certified by an ONC-ATCB.  Finally, providers must use their software according to the measures outlined in the meaningful use rules to qualify for the stimulus funds.

About XLEMR, LLC

XLEMR, LLC is a leading developer of simple, mobile, and efficient electronic health records.  XLEMR focuses on a custom, hand-holding approach to implementation and development that allows their clients to experience a comfortable transition to EHR.  Their core product is based on Microsoft Office which provides an interface familiar to most users.  This architecture allows providers to be mobile without needing an internet connection or wireless data plan.  XLEMR provides efficiency by incorporating existing paper forms into the EHR to minimize training requirements.  For more about XLEMR visit www.xlemr.com.

February 21, 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.