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State of Connecticut Selects eiPortal for Healthcare Integration from PilotFish for Meaningful Use Testing

Cloud-Based Testing Tool Automates Provider Registration, Certification and Validation of HL7 Messaging

MIDDLETOWN, Conn.–(PRWEB)–March 4, 2013–Applied PilotFish Healthcare Integration, a provider of middleware solutions, announced today that the State of Connecticut has commenced implementation of the PilotFish eiPortal to support reporting requirements for Stage 1 Meaningful Use testing efforts.

The eiPortal, a cloud-based application, provides 24/7 access to all the implementation resources required to build an interface along with a fully automated, self-service, interface testing and validation facility that will be configured for reporting requirements.

Any common or standards-based message can be configured as an eiPortal service. Each service can be associated with a unique set of business rules, data quality checks and other validations. Once a service is configured, data exchange partners can submit messages electronically for automated review. Subsequently, a web-based UI displays immediate, detailed feedback. It also provides simulated responses (synchronous and asynchronous) to inbound messages, again without requiring human intervention or full test environments. Users can refine their interface and achieve conformance without involving their service provider.

“The State of Connecticut is really able to leverage the self-registration and automation capabilities of the eiPortal to perform Stage 1 Meaningful Use testing and HL7 format and content validation. This will enable all hospitals and practices in the State of Connecticut to build interfaces that will conform to healthcare interoperability standards,” said Neil Schappert, Executive Chairman of Applied PilotFish Healthcare Integration.  “Starting with HL7 immunization messages, the State will configure services for each Meaningful Use reporting requirement. As each organization that is looking for documentation for Stage 1 attestation for reporting meets these requirements, a certificate will be issued through the eiPortal’s automated process. The time savings for State employees will be considerable.”

The eiPortal greatly exceeds the basic Meaningful Use requirements of just capturing and verifying the electronic transmission of this data. It is also capable of certifying the conformance of these messages against national standards and internal processing requirements. This capability positions Connecticut to manage future-stage Meaningful Use testing, and to use the eiPortal as a pre-production, self-service on-boarding tool to greatly benefit Connecticut healthcare providers. The on-boarding tool will ready them to begin the move to full production for Stage 2 reporting.

“We are excited to partner with PilotFish for our Meaningful Use testing,” commented Mark Raymond, CIO for the State of Connecticut. “The eiPortal allows us to eliminate significant human intervention, while providing a higher level of service to our providers, than would otherwise have been possible.”

“States and organizations are spending millions of dollars working with different partners implementing the same message over and over again. It is a repetitive process that is intensely reliant on expensive human capital. The eiPortal provides a unique solution to automating this process. It frees up IT staffs not just in Government, but in Labs, at HIEs and Manufacturers or any entity that offers a standard set of interfaces, file formats or web services for consumption by many customers,” said Neil Schappert. “Meeting this critical need for the State of Connecticut for Meaningful Use certification is just one example. We are thrilled with the opportunity to help our home state be more efficient. We are also pleased to provide the state’s practices and hospitals with an online resource that lets them meet Meaningful Use requirements faster and with far less effort.”

Applied PilotFish Healthcare Integration is exhibiting at HiMSS13, March 4-6, 2013, New Orleans, LA, Booth #7941 – see live demos of the eiPortal and eiConsole for Healthcare (an IDE featuring a graphical Assembly Line for configuring interfaces).

About PilotFish

Founded in 2001 and based in Middletown, CT, PilotFish Technology provides middleware software and services to enable the integration of disparate systems. The eiPortal for Healthcare Integration is distributed through Applied PilotFish Healthcare Integration, Inc. (APHII), a subsidiary of PilotFish Technology. Products are distributed directly to end users and through select channel partners.

 

March 5, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

iMedConsent™ Application Achieves ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 EHR Certification from ICSA Labs

ATLANTA–()–Dialog Medical, a subsidiary of Standard Register (NYSE:SR), reported today that its iMedConsent application has achieved 2011 Edition EHR Modular* Inpatient ONC-ACB Certification, which designates that the software is capable of supporting providers with Stage 1 meaningful use measures required to qualify for funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The iMedConsent application was certified on January 31, 2013 under ICSA Labs’ ONC-ACB Electronic Health Record program and is compliant in accordance with the criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services.

       “Securing ONC-ACB Certification demonstrates a commitment to supporting hospitals’ meaningful use initiatives,” said Tim Kelly, vice president of marketing for Dialog Medical. “Certification in five inpatient domain criteria is essential to the attestation needs of our current and prospective clients.”

“Standard Register Healthcare is committed to advancing the patient engagement strategies of hospitals and providers,” said John King, president of Standard Register Healthcare. “Receipt of ONC-ACB Certification of the iMedConsent application punctuates our commitment to supporting patient-centered communications in hospitals seeking funding for their EHR investment under the ARRA.”

ICSA Labs, an independent division of Verizon, offers vendor-neutral testing and certification. Its electronic health record certification and testing program provides verification that the certified EHR technology supports meaningful use, as well as helps health care organizations protect sensitive and private patient information.

iMedConsent application version 3.833 meets the following certification criteria:

  • 170.302(g) Smoking Status
  • 170.302(m) Patient Specific Education Resources
  • 170.306(b) Record Demographics
  • 170.306(e) Electronic Copy of Discharge Instructions
  • 170.306(h) Advance Directives
  • 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

The additional software relied upon to comply with one or more of the certification criteria included Microsoft SQL Server 2008.

The iMedConsent application will be showcased by Standard Register Healthcare and Dialog Medical at the HIMSS13 Annual Conference and Exhibition in booth 1117.

About Dialog Medical

Dialog Medical, a Standard Register Healthcare company, is the leading provider of patient engagement solutions including tools for supporting the informed consent process as well as the provision of pre- and post-procedure instructions and patient education materials. The company’s iMedConsent™ application is currently used by more than 15,000 physicians and in more than 200 hospitals nationwide. More information on Dialog Medical and its products is available at www.dialogmedical.com. For additional information on the 2011 Edition EHR Modular* Inpatient ONC-ACB Certification of the iMedConsent application version 3.833, visit www.dialogmedical.com/meaningful_use/

About Standard Register

Standard Register (NYSE:SR), celebrating 100 years of innovation, is trusted by the world’s leading companies to advance their reputations by aligning their communications with corporate standards and priorities. Providing market-specific insights and a compelling portfolio of solutions to address the changing business landscape in commercial, healthcare, financial services and industrial markets, Standard Register is the recognized leader in the management and execution of mission-critical communications. More information is available at www.standardregister.com.

Standard Register Healthcare is a business unit of Standard Register, serving more than 3,100 clients from across the healthcare delivery network, including acute, ambulatory, and long-term care, managed care and the suppliers that support them. A recognized leader in managing critical information and communications, Standard Register Healthcare, together with Dialog Medical, a subsidiary of Standard Register, provides industry-leading technology, solutions and services to accelerate performance, attract and educate patients, enhance safety and support patient-centered care. More information is available at www.standardregister.com/healthcare.

About ICSA Labs

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

* This EHR Module is 2011 Edition compliant and has been certified by an ONC-ACB 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. iMedConsent™ Application, Version 3.833 was certified on January 31, 2013. CHPL Product Number: 130003R00

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February 15, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Hospitals Continue to Move toward Meeting Stage 1 of Meaningful Use

A comparison of HIMSS Analytics data from September 2011 to December 2011 suggests that a number of hospital segments showed increased capability to achieve Stage 1 of meaningful use

New HIMSS Analytics data, reported in the December 2011 Summary of Meaningful Use Readiness, indicates  certain segments of hospitals show increased capability to achieve Stage 1 of meaningful use. These hospital segments include:

1. academic medical centers;
2. general medical/surgical hospitals;
3. hospitals with 400 to 499 licensed beds;
4. hospitals with 500 or more licensed beds;
5. urban hospitals;
6. multi-hospitals, and
7. hospitals at Stage 5, 6 and 7 on the HIMSS Analytics Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model, known as the EMRAM.

The hospitals in these seven categories typically demonstrate IT adoption that outpaces their peers, a segment that also includes hospitals at Stage 6 or Stage 7 on the EMRAM. Thus, as hospitals prepare to meet Stage 1 of meaningful use, HIMSS Analytics also reports an increase in the number of hospitals in 2011 at Stage 6 and Stage 7 on the EMRAM model. As noted in the report, with  “the most recent data, slightly more than five percent of U.S. hospitals have achieved Stage 6 on the EMRAM model, with an additional 102 hospitals achieving Stage 6 in 2011. The percent of hospitals achieving Stage 7 has likewise increased, from 0.8 percent to 1.2 percent.”

These and other hospitals are collecting their incentive payments; the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) distributed $2.5 billion in incentive payments through the end of December 2011.

Ready – Have the capability to meet all 14 core items and at least five of the 10 menu items identified in the survey

Most likely – Have the capability to meet between 10 and 13 of the core items and a minimum of three menu items

Somewhat likely – Achieved between five and nine core items and a minimum of two menu items

Not likely – Do not fit into any of the other categories above, but have the capability to meet at least one core or menu item.
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In term of hospital readiness to reach Stage 1 of meaningful use, the HIMSS Analytics data indicated 60 percent of hospitals with more than 500 beds reported being ready or most likely to achieve Stage One. By comparison, only 20 percent of hospitals with under 100 beds were ready or most likely to achieve Stage One.

“Hospitals continue move forward to meet Stage 1 of meaningful use, especially in these categories highlighted in the report. We also found similar trends in hospitals reaching Stage 7, which is a totally paperless environment on the EMRAM,” said John P. Hoyt, FACHE, FHIMSS, Executive Vice President, Organizational Services, for HIMSS.  “Just over five percent of U.S. hospitals have achieved Stage 7 on the EMRAM model, with an additional 102 hospitals achieving Stage 6 in 2011. The percent of hospitals achieving Stage 7 has likewise increased, from 0.8 percent to 1.2 percent.”

In addition, the overall data included in the December 2011 report showed a 1 percent decrease from what was reported in September 2011, with a decrease from 10 percent to 9 percent in hospitals reporting the capability to meet all 14 core items, and at least five of the 10 menu measures, required to meet Stage 1 of meaningful use. Also, the data in December 2011 represents a new sample of the market, not an update of the data reported in September 2011.  Yet, the growth reported in the seven hospital segments noted earlier signals the ongoing movement by hospitals to reach Stage 1 of meaningful use

The hospitals reporting in this survey also lag in maintaining or conducting a security risk analysis; although hospitals at a higher level of sophistication for health IT implementations are more likely to complete this analysis.  Just 25 percent of hospitals answered yes to the following question: “Does your hospital protect electronic health information created or maintained by your EHR by conducting and reviewing a security risk analysis per 45 CFT 164.308 (a)(1) and implementing security updates as necessary and correcting identified security deficiencies as part of its risk management process.”  However, just over 50 percent of academic medical centers, and hospitals at Stage 6 or Stage 7 on the EMRAM model, in the survey reported having this capability.

This report is the second in a quarterly series evaluating the readiness of US hospitals to qualify for incentive payments. Subsequent reports will explore areas in which the industry has made significant progress. The December 2011 report is based on responses from 585 hospitals tracked by HIMSS Analytics in its database.

About HIMSS Analytics

HIMSS Analytics supports improved decision-making for healthcare organizations, and healthcare IT companies and consulting firms by delivering high quality data and analytical expertise. The company collects and analyzes healthcare organization data relating to IT processes and environments, products, IS department composition and costs, IS department management metrics, healthcare delivery trends and purchasing related decisions. HIMSS Analytics is a wholly-owned, not-for-profit subsidiary of HIMSS. For more information, visit www.himssanalytics.org.

February 20, 2012 I Written By

meridianEMR® Customers Start Receiving Meaningful Use Incentive Payments

Highlights:

  • 14 meridianEMR customers have reported receiving their Meaningful Use payments, totaling $252,000.
  • 34 meridianEMR customers have reported attesting to stage 1 Meaningful Use, totaling $612,000 and counting in incentives.
  • meridianEMR doctors and staff have cited that their integrated, automatic meridianEMR Meaningful Use Tracking Board and support team were a critical part of the process.
  • The process of attesting to MU is greatly simplified by using the meridianEMR Meaningful Use Tracking Board, which is a personal tracking board seamlessly integrated into each client’s EHR system, free of charge. It calculates each core and each optional item in the Meaningful Use criteria automatically and in real time, providing an easy-to-read visual snapshot of each physician’s current status.
  • It is a priority for us to partner with our clients to help them maximize their incentives and achieve their Meaningful Use goals during this multiyear process.
  • First year government incentives are significantly more than the licensing cost for meridianEMR.

meridianEMR, the market leader in EHR for Urology, announced today that Somerset Urological Associates in Somerville, New Jersey was the first meridianEMR customer to receive stage 1 Meaningful Use incentive payment from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). On July 22, 2011 Somerset Urological Associates received a total of $54,000 for three physicians via direct deposit. The group is awaiting an additional $18,000 for the fourth physician who also attested to Meaningful Use at the busy Urology practice.

Dr. Keith A. Harmon of Somerset Urological Associates commented on the ease of the process. “It was amazing that we qualified and received our checks so quickly. It was made easy by meridianEMR and our administrator’s integration of the few added items we needed to do in our everyday workflow.”

To date 14 meridianEMR customers have reported receiving their Meaningful Use payments, totaling $252,000. 34 meridianEMR customers have reported attesting to stage 1 Meaningful Use, totaling $612,000 and counting in incentives. meridianEMR doctors and staff have cited that their integrated, automatic meridianEMR Meaningful Use Tracking Board and support team were a critical part of the process.

“$18,000 per physician made Meaningful Use attestation a top priority and well worth the effort for our practice. We could not have attested as quickly and easily without the help of the meridianEMR. The meridianEMR MU Tracking Board was an extremely useful tool in helping us monitor our progress on a daily basis. It provided us with all of the necessary metrics by physician, including core and optional items. We all loved it. The Meridian support staff was a superb partner in providing informed guidance whenever we needed it. We could not have asked for anything more. We know from colleagues that many other EHR vendors do not provide this level of support and actually charge for Meaningful Use tools and assistance,” explained Gary Casino, Executive Director, Somerset Urological Associates.

The process of attesting to Meaningful Use is greatly simplified by using the meridianEMR Meaningful Use Tracking Board, which is a personal tracking board seamlessly integrated into each client’s EHR system, free of charge. This data-rich, interactive tool analyzes and calculates each core and each optional item in the Meaningful Use criteria automatically and in real time, providing an easy-to-read visual snapshot of each physician’s current status.

Michael Custode, CEO of meridianEMR commented, “We developed our Meaningful Use Tracking Board anticipating client needs surrounding the ARRA HITECH EHR requirements for Meaningful Use. Attesting to Meaningful Use is mandatory in order to receive the incentive of $18,000 per Medicare provider in 2011. Medicare physicians who meet the CMS criteria may be eligible to receive $44,000 in incentives per physician over five years. It is a priority for us to partner with our clients to help them maximize their incentives and achieve their Meaningful Use goals during this multiyear process.”

“The main benefit of meridianEMR has always been the quality and effectiveness of our product, which helps Urologists achieve improved patient care and greater practice efficiency. Early adopters have been reaping these rewards for some time. Now those who have attested to Meaningful Use are also benefitting from government incentive programs, which is an important bonus that adds to practice profitability. First year government incentives are significantly more than the licensing cost for meridianEMR. With our first client and many others since then having received stage 1 incentive payments, we hope all our clients will be inspired to begin or complete the process with the help of our free, integrated tools and staff support,” concluded Mr. Custode.

About meridianEMR 

meridianEMR is the market leader in EHR for Urology, offering an interoperable solution compatible with physician practice management systems and advanced healthcare analytics. The meridianEMR, Inc. application is ONC-ATCB certified as a complete EHR, CCHIT certified® until 2014, and Surescripts certified. The interoperability of the meridianEMR software is driven by the proprietary mXchange™ technology, which services all meridianEMR clients through a private, highly secure, real-time data exchange network. meridianEMR has a user base of over 1,000 practicing Urologists nationwide composed of a wide range of practice sizes.

Current meridianEMR Metrics:

  • 1,000+ Urology providers
  • 12,500 Urology staff users
  • 15 million mXchange transactions per day
  • 1.5 million active Urology patients
  • 50,000 e-scripts per month
August 6, 2011 I Written By

Philips Healthcare’s OB TraceVue Version G.00.20 achieves ONC-ATCB certification, meets 2011/2012 meaningful use criteria

Philips’ OB TraceVue, an obstetrical information management system, has just been certified as an EHR module and now meets the stage 1 criteria for meaningful use. Because of the certification, eligible hospitals and providers will qualify to receive funding for implementing OB TraceVue under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act.

OB TraceVue is the first Philips product to receive meaningful use certification, and we hope to have many more qualify in the future.

Andover, Mass. – Royal Philips Electronics (AEX: PHI, NYSE: PHG) today announced that Philips OB TraceVue Version G.00.20 is 2011/2012 compliant and has been certified as an Electronic Health Records (EHR) module by the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT®), an ONC-ATCB, in agreement with the hospital certification criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS). The 2011/2012 criteria support the stage 1 meaningful use rules required to qualify eligible providers and hospitals for funding under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act.

Enacted as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009, the HITECH Act was created to stimulate the adoption and meaningful use of EHRs and supporting technology, with the goal of improving the quality, safety and efficiency of patient care. Philips’ decision to pursue ONC-ATCB certification of OB TraceVue reflects the company’s commitment to helping hospitals comply with industry standards and clinical guidelines with the end objective of improving financial outcomes and helping to improve and save lives.

“This EHR modular certification allows health systems and caregivers to choose the best technology to support their clinical workflow while achieving the broader goals and financial incentives associated with health care reform,” said Deborah DiSanzo, executive vice president and general manager, Patient Care and Clinical Informatics, for Philips Healthcare.  “We are proud to offer our current and future customers this option, and look forward to continuing to be ahead of the curve in meeting their needs.”

OB TraceVue, an obstetrical information management system, is designed to ensure comprehensive coverage across the perinatal care continuum—from the first antepartum visit through delivery, postpartum, discharge, postpartum follow up, newborn nursery, and gynecological visits. The solution addresses the criteria for meaningful use related to interoperability and integration with hospital clinical workflow, and provides key benefits for caregivers and patients including:

·         EHR interfaces, eliminating duplicate entries and allowing for improved patient safety and clinical efficiency;

·         automated flags, reminders and checklists, facilitating greater compliance with professional care standards; and

·         access to patient data from smartphones and other mobile devices through the hospital network, supporting the complex, multi-tasking workflow of clinicians on the move.

OB TraceVue Version G.00.20 has been certified as an EHR module and meets the following 2011/2012 criteria: 170.302 (d), (e), (g), (j), and (o)-(v), and 170.306 (b), (e), and (h). Additional software used in this testing included Philips CareVue Integration Engine, Microsoft FCIV, TrueCrypt and Microsoft Office. Additional details related to ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 certification can be found on the CCHIT website at http://www.cchit.org/products/2011-2012/arrafinalrulehospital/3154.

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.

About Royal Philips Electronics

Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHI) is a diversified health and well-being company, focused on improving people’s lives through timely innovations. As a world leader in healthcare, lifestyle and lighting, Philips integrates technologies and design into people-centric solutions, based on fundamental customer insights and the brand promise of “sense and simplicity.” Headquartered in the Netherlands, Philips employs over 120,000 employees with sales and services in more than 100 countries worldwide. With sales of EUR 22.3 billion in 2010, the company is a market leader in cardiac care, acute care and home healthcare, energy efficient lighting solutions and new lighting applications, as well as lifestyle products for personal well-being and pleasure with strong leadership positions in male shaving and grooming, portable entertainment and oral healthcare. News from Philips is located at www.philips.com/newscenter.

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.

July 29, 2011 I Written By

Cottage Hospital Becomes First Critical Access Hospital in New England to Achieve CMS Stage 1 Meaningful Use Certification for Electronic Health Records

Cottage Hospital yesterday announced the completed attestation for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Stage 1 Meaningful Use (MU) certification on July 15, 2011, making it the first critical access hospital (CAH) in New England to achieve that milestone. Now Cottage is not only a leader in the state but also among the first healthcare providers nationally to demonstrate that it is using certified EHR technology in ways to improve clinical quality and care.

Woodsville, NH – Cottage Hospital completed attestation for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Stage 1 Meaningful Use (MU) certification on July 15, 2011, making it the first critical access hospital (CAH) in New England to achieve that milestone. Cottage Hospital was the second hospital of any kind in the state of New Hampshire to complete attestation for Stage 1 MU following the Elliot Health System of Manchester which attested on July 13.

To help bring higher quality and safer care to patients through broader adoption of electronic health records (EHRs), the ARRA HITECH Act of 2009 has provided incentives to hospitals and physicians who become “meaningful users” of EHRs. In achieving the Stage 1 Meaningful Use criteria, Cottage is not only a leader in the state but also among the first healthcare providers nationally to demonstrate that it is using certified EHR technology in ways to improve clinical quality and care.

“The achievement to successfully reach Stage 1 Meaningful Use was the result of a total commitment by every department at Cottage, and the pivotal assistance of the Regional Extension Center of NH,” said Gary Tomlinson, Director of Management Information Systems. “At Cottage Hospital the patient always comes first, and enhancing patient care through the use of technology is the real accomplishment behind achieving Stage 1 Meaningful Use.”

“One of the most impressive aspects of Cottage’s rapid attestation for Stage I is that they accomplished the task with so few resources – this 25-bed hospital on the New Hampshire-Vermont border was able to achieve something that has so far eluded far larger organizations with much bigger teams and much deeper pockets,” said Jeff Loughlin, Executive Director, Regional Extension Center of New Hampshire (RECNH). “As an arm of the ONC supporting provider organizations in achieving meaningful use, we were honored to help Cottage by providing an experienced “sanity check” on its plan and approach, as well as some tools and support for ensuring the hospital’s readiness. Despite its size, Cottage is a true leader in the NH healthcare community and deserves every bit of recognition for this significant achievement.”

“Cottage Hospital’s vision to attain a full Electronic Health Record (EHR) was a strategic objective driven by the hospital leadership team and board of trustees. The initiative was started over seven years ago and the definition and guidance of Meaningful Use provided us with a clear road map of how to accomplish this goal,” said Steven Plant, Chief Financial Officer.

A CAH is designated as such by its State and by CMS for meeting the following criteria:
•       Participates in Medicare
•       Is located in a rural area and is more than a 35-mile (15 in mountainous
•       terrain) drive from any other hospital
•       Maintains no more than 25 inpatient beds
•       Maintains an annual average length of stay of 96 hours or less per patient
•       Complies with all CAH Conditions of Participation, including the requirement to make available 24-hour emergency care services 7 days per week

About Cottage Hospital
Cottage Hospital is a 25 bed, critical access hospital serving the beautiful Upper Connecticut River Valley. For additional information regarding Cottage Hospital and any of our services visit us on the web at www.cottagehospital.org or call (603)747-9000.

July 27, 2011 I Written By

iChartsMD Announces ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 Certification of its Electronic Health Records System

In order to be eligible for government funding under the 2009 economic stimulus package, providers must use EHR technology that has been certified to allow providers to achieve “meaningful use.” These are categorized by the U.S. government as technology that improves care coordination, reduces healthcare disparities, engages patients and their families, improves population and public health, and ensures adequate privacy and security. The certification received by iChartsMD fulfills this requirement.

(Malibu, CA – June 9, 2011) – iChartsMD announced today that its electronic health records product (iChartsMD v4.3) is 2011/2012 compliant and was certified as a Complete EHR by the Drummond Group.  The 2011/2012 criteria supports the Stage 1 meaningful use measures required to qualify eligible providers and hospitals for funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The U.S. government is encouraging a movement toward electronic health records as a way to foster improvements in healthcare quality, safety, efficiency and access.

The certification program tests and certifies that Complete EHRs meet all of the 2011/2012 criteria and that EHR Modules meet all of the criteria approved by the secretary of health and human services for either eligible provider or hospital technology. It 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.

In order to be eligible for government funding under the 2009 economic stimulus package, providers must use EHR technology that has been certified to allow providers to achieve “meaningful use.” These are categorized by the U.S. government as technology that improves care coordination, reduces healthcare disparities, engages patients and their families, improves population and public health, and ensures adequate privacy and security. The certification received by iChartsMD fulfills this requirement.

“We are extremely excited to have received certification on all of the Clinical Quality Measures while again passing on our first attempt.

Even though the ONC requirements were to just implement 9 out of 44 Clinical Quality Measures, it didn’t feel right for us to just implement the minimum.  When it comes to patient care, you should never do the minimum.

I assure you that this mentality and vision for the company will never change. “

  • Morgan Prakash | President & CEO of iChartsMD

Certification details are as follows: Date Certified: 6/9/2011. Product Version: 4.3.

Certification ID: 06092011-1049-6. Clinical Quality Measures Certified: Clinical Quality Measures tested: NQF0001, NQF0002, NQF0004, NQF0012, NQF0013, NQF0014, NQF0018, NQF0024, NQF0027, NQF0028, NQF0031, NQF0032, NQF0033, NQF0034, NQF0036, NQF0038, NQF0041, NQF0043, NQF0047, NQF0052, NQF0055, NQF0056, NQF0059, NQF0061, NQF0062, NQF0064, NQF0067, NQF0068, NQF0070, NQF0073, NQF0074, NQF0075, NQF0081, NQF0083, NQF0084, NQF0086, NQF0088, NQF0089, NQF0105, NQF0385, NQF0387, NQF0389, NQF0421, NQF0575. Additional software used: Email

About iChartsMD

iChartsMD is a privately held EHR software solution provider based out of Malibu, California. Both doctors and I.T. Professionals carefully developed the iChartsMD technology with over 30 years of expertise. The EHR system integrates patient scheduling, reports and analysis, prescription writing, patient history and billing management made to be accessible from any network, including mobile devices.

About Drummond

Drummond Group Inc. (DGI) is the trusted interoperability test lab offering global testing services through the product life cycle. Auditing, QA, conformance testing, custom software test lab services, software certification, web services testing, and consulting are offered in addition to interoperability testing. Founded in 1999, DGI has tested over a thousand international software products used in vertical industries such as automotive, consumer product goods, healthcare, energy, financial services, government, petroleum, pharmaceutical and retail.

About ONC-ATCB 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.

June 22, 2011 I Written By