ChartLogic Founder Brad Melis Testifies at ONC Hearing on Meaningful Use; Urges Caution on Using SNOMED Terminology for St

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Brad Melis, founder and executive vice president of ChartLogic Inc., a leading provider of EHR (electronic health record) software for physician practices based in Salt Lake City, testified Monday at a hearing held by the federal Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health Information Technology on implementation of meaningful use (MU) standards.

During the hearing, titled “Real World Experiences Working with Meaningful Use,” the ONC panel heard from software executives, hospital leaders and physicians about their experiences with EHR vendor certification and provider group attestation (proof of compliance).

Melis reviewed ChartLogic’s experience in working with the Drummond Group to become the first ambulatory EHR system certified for full (complete system) certification in September 2010.

Melis reported overall satisfaction with the certification process. While most of the federal MU requirements were clearly stated, he said the company did find hard in the beginning to obtain definitive specifications for some objectives. In addition, the company found the CCR (continuity of care record) validation tool needed improving.

The ChartLogic EHR is in use by physicians in 49 states practicing in more than 40 different medical specialties. It has been designed to meet the needs of surgical sub-specialists with high patient volumes. It includes voice recognition to enable physicians to quickly record patient information.

When asked about meeting the proposed State II meaningful use test requirements, Melis cautioned against requiring that SNOMED terminology be used in clinical quality reporting measures.

“The SNOMED terminology has been used successfully in Europe, but very few physicians in the United States are familiar with it. It would place a great burden on physicians to require them to use a new coding terminology at the same time they are struggling to meet the requirements of Stage II and also to implement the ICD-10 system with its 70,000 new codes,” Melis said.

For a copy of Melis’ 800-word testimony, contact [email protected].

About ChartLogic, Inc.

ChartLogic, founded in 1994, has helped thousands of practices make the transition to digital medical offices. ChartLogic offers two comprehensive EHR suites that include EMRs, medical billing software, document management and interactive patient education. For information, visit ChartLogic.



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