Groups Certify First Batch of EHRs Under 'Meaningful Use'

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Two Authorized Testing and Certification Bodies have certified their first group of electronic health records under the Stage 1 requirements for "meaningful use," Modern Healthcare reports.

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT approved the ATCBs under a temporary certification program for EHRs.

The groups -- Texas-based Drummond Group and Chicago-based Certification Commission for Health IT -- also have tested and certified EHR component parts, known as modules.

Background

Under the 2009 federal economic stimulus package, health care providers who demonstrate meaningful use of certified EHRs can qualify for Medicare and Medicaid incentive payments (Conn, Modern Healthcare, 10/1).

In addition to the Drummond Group and CCHIT, ONC recently approved California-based InfoGard Laboratories as an ATCB to test and certify EHRs under Stage 1 of the meaningful use program (Monegain, Healthcare IT News, 10/1).

Products Certified

The Drummond Group has certified specific versions of three ambulatory EHRs. A list of the products certified by the Drummond Group is available on the Drummond Group's website.

A spokesperson for the Drummond Group said many more EHRs currently are proceeding through the certification process.

CCHIT has certified 33 specific versions of inpatient or ambulatory EHRs, including 19 complete EHRs and 14 EHR modules. A list of products certified by CCHIT is available on CCHIT's website (Goedert, Health Data Management, 10/1).

CCHIT Says Certifications Are on Schedule

CCHIT Executive Director Alisa Ray has said that the commission expects to announce more certified EHR products each week.

Ray said CCHIT does not expect any backlogs in certifying EHRs under the meaningful use criteria. She said the organization has increased its capacity in response to a higher demand for certification (Manos, Healthcare IT News, 10/1).

Karen Bell, CCHIT chair, said the recent EHR certifications come in time to help health care providers qualify for the first stage of the incentive program (Lillis, "Healthwatch," The Hill, 10/1).

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