The Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology announced Monday that two more ambulatory electronic health-record products achieved certified status.
They are: iMedica Patient Relationship Manager 2005, version 5.1, by iMedica Corp. of Carrollton, Texas; and Praxis Electronic Medical Records, version 3.4 by Infor-Med of Woodland Hills, Calif. In addition, two products announced earlier as pre-market, conditionally certified, have now been fully certified. They are MEDENT 16 by Community Computer Service of Auburn, N.Y., and Medical and Practice Management Suite, Client Server Version 5.5, (Service Release 2.1) by LSS Data Systems of Eden Prairie, Minn. CCHIT certified the EHR component of the LSS product.
With the products announced Monday, the total number of certified EHRs is now 22. On July 18, CCHIT had released the names of the first 18 certified EHRs and two with "conditional pre-market certification." Only products that score 100% on the CCHIT tests for interoperability, functionality and security earn certification, and the names and number of products not certified are not being disclosed. Earlier, CCHIT Chairman Mark Leavitt said that "more than two dozen" vendors had submitted products for testing and paid the $28,000 testing fee.
For companies seeking CCHIT certification, however, the expense goes well beyond the testing fee. Greg Vacca, president and chief executive officer of JMJ Technologies, told Health IT Strategist last month that JMJ had three programmers working about four weeks to prepare its EncounterPro system for certification. Including the $28,000 testing fee, Vacca said the company spent somewhat less than $100,000 to earn CCHIT certification.
The next application period for certification of ambulatory EHR products will be today through Aug. 14. The next announcement of certified EHR products is scheduled for late October.
CCHIT has opened a public comment period on its ambulatory functionality criteria for 2007; inpatient functionality environmental scan for 2007; and interoperability and security criteria for 2007 with a roadmap for 2008, 2009 and beyond. Comments are being accepted through Aug. 25.
CCHIT is also seeking candidates to serve as commissioners for a two-year term beginning in October 2006. The application period will be open through Aug. 25.
Last September, HHS awarded a $2.7 million contract to CCHIT to develop an efficient and sustainable process to certify health IT products first for the outpatient or ambulatory setting; and then for inpatient and hospital EHRs. CCHIT was created in 2004 by three Chicago-based organizations: the American Health Information Management Association, the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society and the National Alliance for Health Information Technology.
To view and comment on the proposed 2007 criteria, visit cchit.org.
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