Eighteen more electronic health-record products for ambulatory physicians have passed muster with the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology, bringing the total of CCHIT-certified products up to 55.
The newly certified products include:
• Advanced Data Systems Corp.'s MedicsDocAssistant 3.0
• Catalis' Accelerator Graphical Health Record 4.111
• Encite's TouchChart 3.3
• Henry Schein Medical Systems' MicroMD EMR 4.5
• InteGreat Concepts' IC-Chart Release 6.0
• LSS Data Systems' Medical and Practice Management Suite MAGIC Version 5.5, Service Release 2.1
• LifeWatch's TIME 7.100
• Marshfield Clinic's CattailsMD Version 5
• MedAZ.net's MEDAZ 60720.001
• Medicat's Medicat 8.8
• MedicWare's MedicWare EMR 7
• MedInformatix's MedInformatix V 6.0
• Meditab Software's Intelligent Medical Software 2007
• Pulse Systems' Pulse Patient Relationship Management 3.1.1
• Spring Medical Systems' SpringCharts EHR 9.0
• SSIMED's Emrge 6.0 Release 1.0
• Universal Software Solutions' VersaSuite 7.5
• Visionary Medical Systems' Visionary Dream EMR 7.1
The last period to apply under 2006 ambulatory criteria opens today and will close Feb. 14. Applications for certification of ambulatory EHRs with the 2007 criteria will open May 1. CCHIT announced that the proposed final ambulatory EHR criteria and test scripts for 2007 will be published for a last round of public comment Feb. 14-28. The final versions will be published March 16, pending the CCHIT's board of commissioners' approval.
Vendors must pay CCHIT a $28,000 fee to have their products tested, and the organization releases only the names of products that pass its test and does not disclose the names of those that don't. To earn certification, products must be in 100% compliance with the more than 200 criteria items on the CCHIT test. Those criteria are aimed at ensuring a product's functionality, privacy and security, and ability to evolve to meet future interoperability standards.
In 2005, CCHIT was awarded a three-year HHS contract totaling $7.5 million to develop a sustainable process to certify health IT products first for the outpatient 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.