On Thursday, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT announced that it has revoked certifications for two electronic health record systems previously certified under the meaningful use program, Modern Healthcare reports.
Under the 2009 federal economic stimulus package, health care providers who demonstrate meaningful use of certified EHR systems can qualify for Medicaid and Medicare incentive payments.
This is the first time ONC has revoked certifications for EHR systems (Carlson, Modern Healthcare, 4/25).
Details of Revocations
Both of the EHR systems that had their certifications revoked were made by California-based EHRMagic. The two products are:
ONC and InfoGard Laboratories -- an ONC authorized certification body -- determined that the EHRMagic systems should be retested after receiving complaints that the systems could not perform the functions required by the meaningful use program (Goedert, Health Data Management, 4/25).
Officials said the EHRMagic systems should not have been certified in the first place but did not provide details about how the systems failed to meet certification standards.
Comments on the Revocations
In a statement, National Coordinator for Health IT Farzad Mostashari said, "By revoking the certification of these EHR products, we are making sure that certified electronic health record products meet the requirements to protect patients and providers" (Healthcare IT News, 4/25).
In an ONC "Health IT Buzz" blog post, Carol Bean -- director of the certification office at ONC -- said, "We want to be clear, the office of certification's role doesn't stop after EHR certification." Bean said, "We are also going to monitor certified EHRs to determine whether they continue to meet our requirements."
Peter Ashkenaz -- an ONC spokesperson -- said that so far no one has attested to meaningful use using the EHRMagic products. Ashkenaz declined to comment on what health care providers should do if their EHR systems ever become retroactively decertified (Modern Healthcare, 4/25).