DSS, Inc. Achieves ARRA Certification by Drummond Group, Inc. for vxVistA as a Complete Inpatient EHR

Drummond Group Recognizes Customizable Electronic Health Record Solution as a Qualifier of Meaningful Use Incentives

JUNO BEACH, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- DSS, Inc., a leading provider of software development, integration, project management, implementation and support of VistA, today announced its customizable vxVistA solution has achieved American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) certification through Drummond Group, Inc. (DGI), as a complete inpatient electronic health record (EHR).

Hospitals using vxVistA will now qualify for Meaningful Use, as is outlined by ARRA standards, and be able to collect related short-term incentives. Furthermore, as a customizable EHR system, vxVistA allows for flexibility in growth and enhancements, providing hospitals with long-term benefits as well.

vxVistA is the core of an integrated product suite that includes specialized modules for behavioral health, dental, chemotherapy management and clinical decision support among others.

“We are proud to carry DGI’s ARRA MU certification seal,” said Mark Byers, president of DSS. “It is important to DSS that our customers have an inpatient EHR option that not only qualifies for Medicare and Medicaid incentives, but also offers a comprehensive, customized solution for tackling interoperability challenges, optimizing workflow efficiencies, and enhancing patient safety for many years to come.”

vxVistA was tested under the National Coordinator Authorized Testing and Certification Body (ONC-ATCB) program. The testing process was based on a number of criteria outlined by the Secretary of Health and Human Services, including integrated EHR functionality, interoperability and security.

For providers to achieve Meaningful Use, certified systems must be used in such a way that qualifies for reimbursement. This includes successful implementation and integration of the software, which is part of DSS’ services package along with deployment and ongoing maintenance.

To learn more about vxVistA and related modules, visit www.dssinc.com.

Drummond Group disclaimer

The complete inpatient EHR certification is 2011/2012 compliant and has been certified by Drummond Group, an ONC-ATCB approved to certify any complete or modular EHR both ambulatory and inpatient, in accordance with the applicable certification criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. This certification does not represent an endorsement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services or guarantee the receipt of incentive payments.

DSS, Inc., June 9, 2011, vxVistA 2011.1, Clinical Quality Measures tested: NQF0371, NQF0372, NQF0373, NQF0374, NQF0375, NQF0376, NQF0435, NQF0436, NQF0437, NQF0438, NQF0439, NQF0440, NQF0441, NQF0495, and NQF0497. Additional software used: MS Excel; Medibridge.net

About DSS, Inc.

Document Storage Systems (DSS) develops and supplies integrated enhancements to the Veterans Affairs VistA system and specializes in healthcare IT solutions that improve quality and productivity. The organization also designs applications that are compatible with the Indian Health Services RPMS and the Department of Defense’s healthcare systems.

To foster the adoption of open source in healthcare organizations, DSS is a founder and supporter of a community-driven, collaboration environment Web site, www.vxVistA.org that acts as a forum for discussion and best practices among open source vxVistA and VistA EHR users internationally. For more information on DSS, Inc., visit www.dssinc.com.

About Drummond Group

Drummond Group Inc., the trusted software test lab, provides effective and efficient electronic health record (EHR) testing to healthcare information technology vendors and hospitals. As an Office of the National Coordinator Authorized Testing and Certification Body (ONC-ATCB), Drummond Group works closely with healthcare software vendors and hospitals to certify EHRs that are looking to qualify for incentive funds under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Drummond Group is approved to certify both complete and modular EHR for both ambulatory and inpatient. Leveraging more than a decade’s worth of interoperability, conformance testing and certification experience in multiple industries, Drummond Group delivers what’s needed in healthcare: highly reliable and readily affordable software testing services. For more information, go to www.drummondgroup.com.


For DSS, Inc.
Dodge Communications
Leslie Kirk, 770-576-2576
[email protected]

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