CCHIT Certifies 11 and Flunks 17 EHR Applications


LAS VEGAS—Eleven electronic health records (EHR) systems have joined the 22 previously certified as compliant with national ambulatory standards for 2006, the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT) announced Monday.

Also, in a presentation at the annual Medical Group Management here on Tuesday, commission members said that several of the 17 applicants failed this quarterly round of testing. There were no failures in the inaugural testing phase earlier this year, though CCHIT chairman Mark Leavitt, M.D., indicated that six of the 28 applicants during the earlier period dropped out of testing or never went before the commission's jury.

The commission, a federally funded private organization, only discloses the names of those products that pass the voluntary testing, Leavitt said.

The newly certified ambulatory EHRs are:

ABELMed PM-EMR (ABELSoft)

AcerMed (AcerMed)

Bond Clinician EHR (Bond Technologies)

Medical Practice EMR (Computer Programs and Systems Inc.)

SunriseAmbulatory Care (Eclipsys)

CareRevolution (Electronic Healthcare Systems)

PrimeSuite (Greenway Medical Technologies)

MediNotes e EMR (MediNotes)

MedPlexus EHR (MedPlexus)

Avatar (Netsmart Technologies)

NoteworthyEHR (Noteworthy Medical Systems)

"You're starting to see smaller vendors," said commission member Robert Tennant, government affairs manager for the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA), whereas many in the earlier group were what he called "household names." CCHIT announced the first 18 certified products in July (see First Certified EHR Products Unveiled) and later granted certification to four additional vendors from the original application pool.  

The application period for the next round of testing will run Nov. 1-12, and any new certifications will be announced in late January, according to the commission.

The CCHIT stamp of approval is good for three years, though new federal rules allowing hospitals to provide EHRs to physician practices may force vendors to seek 2007 certification against criteria the commission will revise next spring. 

The exemption recently created to the Stark physician self-referral and Medicare anti-kickback regulations requires donated EHRs to meet the standards of an unspecified certification body to be authorized by the
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Products must have been certified as interoperable no more than 12 months prior to a donation.

"Those [vendors] who think this will be part of their market need to come in [for testing] every year," Leavitt said.

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