CCHIT Making Progress Certifying Products For Incentive Programs

Dec. 24, 2009

CHICAGO – Dec. 21, 2009 – The Certification Commission today announced continued progress in certifying electronic health record (EHR) technology against proposed federal standards to support providers in qualifying for incentives under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).  A total of 14 products have now been certified under its two new programs – CCHIT Certified® 2011 Comprehensive, and Preliminary ARRA 2011 – launched on Oct. 7, 2009. 

“We believe it will be a challenge for providers who have not yet begun to evaluate products to  purchase and implement EHR technology and achieve meaningful use in time for the 2011-2012 incentives”, said Alisa Ray, the Commission’s executive director. “We have received more than 30 applications for our 2011 certification programs – more than half of which are for the Comprehensive program – and are announcing new certifications regularly so providers can begin to consider EHR technology that demonstrates compliance with the proposed federal standards.”

New products have been certified in both programs. The CCHIT Certified 2011 Comprehensive program differs from the Preliminary ARRA certification program by providing a more rigorous inspection of integrated EHR functionality, interoperability, and security in addition to full compliance with federal standards.  As part of the Comprehensive inspection process, key aspects of successful use are verified at live sites, and usability is rated for ambulatory EHRs.  The CCHIT Certified Comprehensive program is intended to serve health care providers looking for maximal assurance that a product will meet their complex needs, as well as support their achievement of meaningful use to qualify for the ARRA financial incentives.

The products currently certified in the CCHIT Certified 2011 Comprehensive program for Ambulatory EHRs include:

  • ABEL Medical Software Inc.’s ABELMed EHR-EMR/PM, Version 11
  • EHS, Inc.’s EHS CareRevolution, Version 5.3
  • Compulink’s Advantage/EHR, Version 10
  • Greenway Medical Technologies, Inc.’s PrimeSuite, Version 2011
  • NextGen Healthcare Information Systems, Inc.’s NextGen EHR, Version 5.6
  • Pulse Systems’ Pulse Relationship Management, Version 4.1.02

The first product certified in the CCHIT Certified 2011 Comprehensive program for standalone electronic prescribing (ePrescribing) is:

  • Networking Technology’s (dba RxNT) RxNT, Version 6.1.4

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