Emmi Solutions’ Technology Certified for Meaningful Use

NorthShore University HealthSystem integrates Emmi® programs into its electronic medical record system

CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Emmi Solutions’ interactive patient education programs have been certified to meet meaningful use requirements by SLI Global Solutions, an Authorized Testing and Certification Body (ATCB) as designated by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). Emmi Solutions’ technology now qualifies providers to meet Stage 1 criteria for patient-specific education resources and lays the groundwork to meet future meaningful use requirements.

“As meaningful use evolves, the focus will shift from ensuring patients have access to information to empowering them to make informed decisions and change behavior,” said Devin Gross, CEO, Emmi Solutions. “Clinical studies and data analyses repeatedly prove that our technology engages and activates patients in a meaningful way that leads to better health outcomes: the ultimate goal of meaningful use.”

Emmi Solutions’ technology empowers patients across the continuum of care with interactive and easy-to-understand tools. The Emmi platform engages patients by combining multiple learning styles (voice, image, text) with various delivery methods.

“The delivery mechanism is all about educating and engaging patients,” said Peggy King, Assistant Vice President of Risk Management, NorthShore University HealthSystem. The organization integrated the technology into its electronic medical record system last year, which led to increased program utilization and streamlined documentation. “We use the programs to engage patients on their own terms and in their own environment with a combination of learning modalities, because only then can we focus on the health message itself.”

Emmi programs can be used in a stand-alone mode or fully integrated into existing electronic health records, patient portals, scheduling systems and in-room interactive television systems. Because they are web-based, no software or hardware installation or maintenance is required. Providers can prescribe or automate customized condition-specific patient engagement plans and track their use.

As of October 5, 2011, Emmi programs have been certified as meeting the criteria for providing patients with an electronic copy of specific education resources for inpatient and ambulatory settings. The complete certifications are as follows for both inpatient and ambulatory settings: 170.302(m), 170.302(o), 170.302(p), 170.302(q), 170.302(r), 170.302(s), 170.302(t), 170.302(u), 170.302(v).

About Emmi Solutions

Healthcare providers use Emmi programs to engage patients and attribute their use with reduced surgical cancellation rates, length of stay and malpractice claims, and improved efficiency and patient satisfaction. The interactive media platform enables hospitals to track patient participation, enhance the patient experience and meet regulatory guidelines.

About ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 certification

The ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 certification program tests and certifies that EHR technology is capable of meeting the 2011/2012 criteria approved by the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS). The certifications include Complete EHRs, which meet all of the 2011/2012 criteria for either eligible provider or hospital technology, and EHR Modules, which meet one or more—but not all—of the criteria. ONC-ATCB certification aligns with Health Information Technology: Initial Set of Standards, Implementation Specifications, and Certification Criteria for Electronic Health Record Technology published in the Federal Register in July 2010 and strictly adheres to the test procedures published by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) at the time of testing. ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 certification conferred by the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT®) does not represent an endorsement of the certified EHR technology by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services nor does it guarantee the receipt of incentive payments.


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