Ten electronic health-record systems for office-based physicians were certified under 2008 criteria by the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology, the organization announced. Vendors had to meet 19 more criteria this year in addition to the 200 required in 2007 for office-based EHRs, focusing on the ability to exchange patient information with other systems, CCHIT said in a news release. The vendors with fully certified products are: Community Computer Service; eClinicalWorks; Epic Systems Corp.; Greenway Medical Technologies; McKesson Provider Technologies; MedLink International; MedPlexus; and NextGen Healthcare Information Systems. Two products from Pulse Systems and VIP Medicine were certified on a pre-market condition that their operational use at a physician office first be verified. CCHIT also updated its physicians guide to certification to help doctors understand the value of the latest criteria, and the commission will produce a series of audio reports about certification that offers a database of incentive programs for EHR adoption assistance and guidance for physicians to make choices about EHR products. The first of the reports is available for download. The commission also opened a certification program for health information exchange organizations last week.
10 doc-office EHRs receive CCHIT approval
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