Three electronic health-record systems are the first to pass muster with the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology under its new preliminary testing program for compliance with the "meaningful-use" criteria under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the Chicago-based not-for-profit organization has announced.
The three products are eHealth Made Easy, Version 3, by eHealth Made Easy, supporting two of 27 applicable meaningful-use objectives for eligible providers and two of 24 applicable objectives for hospitals; KIS Track, Version 5.1, by Kaulkin Information Systems, supporting two of 27 applicable objectives for eligible providers; and Medios, Version 4.5, by IOS Health Systems, supporting 27 of 27 applicable objectives for eligible providers, according to CCHIT.
The new testing regime differs from previous CCHIT certification programs in that it does not require that a vendor pass all test criteria. Checklists of those criteria passed for each product are listed on the CCHIT Web site. The certification also is considered “preliminary” since the CMS is not expected to issue its first interim definitions of meaningful use until later this month. CCHIT based its testing criteria and standards on those that have been proposed but not yet finalized by HHS, the organization said. CCHIT officials have said they intend to upgrade the certification criteria and retest systems once the final meaningful-use criteria are released, which is expected sometime in the spring.
CCHIT also announced AbelMed EHR-EMR/PM, Version 11, by Abel Medical Software, passed its “comprehensive” testing regime, which incorporates meaningful use but also includes passing CCHIT's other, more stringent testing criteria, a program similar to that previously used exclusively by the commission.