Commission certifies first 20 EHRs

First certified products designed for use on physician offices or clinics

By Bob Brewin
The Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT) certified yesterday (July 20) twenty electronic health record (EHR) products for use in the places most people receive their health care, physician offices and clinics.

The Health and Human Services Department awarded CCHIT a $2.7 million contract in September, 2005 to develop a process to certify EHRs that can eventually interoperate with other EHRs, have the functionality needed by health care practitioners and include security features which can protect personal health information.

HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt said CCHIT certification 'removes a significant barrier to wide-spread adoption of electronic health records. It gives health care providers peace of mind to know they are purchasing a product that is functional, and interoperable and will bring higher quality, safer care to patients.'

CCCHIT said EHRs with its CCHIT Certified seal reduces the risk for clinicians looking to adopt EHRs because it provides the first consensus-based, consistent benchmark for electronic health systems designed for use in physician offices and clinics.

The Commission includes at least two representatives each from the provider, payer, and vendor groups, and at least one from seven other stakeholder groups, including safety net providers, health care consumers, public health agencies, quality improvement organizations, clinical researchers, standards development and informatics experts and government agencies.

A team of three volunteer clinical jurors, including a physician and an information technology security specialist conducted the CCHIT certification tests.

Dr. John Tooker, executive vice president and chief executive officer of the American College of Physicians said CCHIT has simplified the EHR selection process for physicians, insuring that their requirements can be met today with products which will lay the ground work for interoperability in the future.

Dr. Mark Leavitt, CCHIT chairman said the first products certified by his organization marks an important milestone for EHRs and urged doctors to look for the CCHIT seal when purchasing EHRs.

CCHIT is still evaluating EHRs designed for use in offices or clinics, and expects to release another list of products at the end of this month and quarterly thereafter.

The certification organization also plans to put to evaluate and put its seal of approval on hospital EHRs and architectures or systems which enable the interchange of information between health care providers and institutions.

CCHIT plans to release the first draft of its inpatient EHR certification criteria this week, but a spokeswoman said that daft may not be posted on the Commission's Web site (www.cchit.org) until this Saturday.

EHR products certified by CCHIT are:
Centricity' EMR 2005 Version 6.0 (GE Healthcare)
Companion EMR v8.5 (Companion Technologies)
eClinicalWorks Version 7.0 Release 2 (eClinicalWorks)
e-MDs Solution Series 6.1 (e-MDs)
EncounterPRO' EHR 5.0 (JMJ Technologies)
EpicCare Ambulatory EMR Spring 2006 (Epic Systems)
HealthMatics Electronic Health Record 2006 (Allscripts)
Horizon Ambulatory Care Version 9.4 (McKesson)
Intergy' EHR v3.00 (Emdeon Practice Services)
Misys EMR 8.0 (Misys Healthcare Systems)
mMD.Net EHR 9.0.9 (MCS-Medical Communication Systems)
myNightingale Physician Workstation 5.1 (Nightingale Informatix Corporation)
NextGen EMR 5.3 (NextGen Healthcare Information Systems)
Patient Records 9 (Practice Partner)
PowerChart 2005.02 (Cerner Corporation)
Record 2006 (V 3.0) (MedcomSoft)
TouchWorks Electronic Health Record 10.1.1 (Allscripts)
WebChart 4.23 (Medical Informatics Engineering)
MEDENT 16 from Community Computer Service and Medical Practice Management (MPM) Client/Server 5.5 Service Release 2.1 from LSS Data Systems received conditional, pre-market certification from CCHIT/

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