The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has published an online list of complete and modular electronic health record products that have been certified as meeting the first stage of federal "meaningful use" rules, Government Health IT reports (Mosquera, Government Health IT, 10/6).
ONC-designated authorized testing and certification bodies approved the products under a temporary certification program for EHRs (iHealthBeat
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.
The list shows:
- The vendor name;
- The product version number; and
- Which criteria the EHR system has been certified for (Government Health IT, 10/6).
The directory includes four certified EHR products from the Drummond Group.
However, the list does not yet include the more than 30 ambulatory and inpatient complete and modular EHRs that the Certification Commission for Health IT has certified (Goedert, Health Data Management, 10/6).
According to ONC, only those EHR products on the list will be given a reporting number used by CMS for verification in the incentive program (Conn, Modern Healthcare, 10/6).
The list will be updated as more products are certified and validated, AHA News reports (AHA News, 10/6).