Keane, Inc.’s EHR Receives Preliminary ARRA Certification from CCHIT®

Keane OptimumTM one of a small number of Health IT technologies certified in this program

BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Keane, Inc., a U.S.-based IT services and healthcare information technology firm, today announced Keane OptimumTM 3.1 has been inspected by the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT®) and is certified EHR technology, IFR Stage 1 as part of the organization’s Preliminary American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) certification program. Keane’s Optimum is among a small number of health IT technologies in the Hospital Domain category to have completed this preliminary process, which pertains to electronic health records (EHR) and meaningful use.

Keane Optimum has preliminarily met 22 of 22 requirements for hospitals published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in the Interim Final Rule of January 2010 related to the ARRA. These requirements were revised with the publication of the Final Rule on July 13. Inspection information is available at http://www.cchit.org/products. For the purpose of qualifying products for ARRA incentives, CCHIT anticipates, but has not yet received, accreditation by HHS.

President Obama earmarked $36 billion of the ARRA to modernize healthcare IT systems, an effort to expedite the migration to electronic health records. To qualify for this incentive funding, doctors and hospitals must demonstrate "meaningful use" of the new electronic systems beginning in 2011. Final certification, when it is available, will ensure EHR technology meets federal minimum criteria and standards which will support hospitals in their demonstration of compliance as meaningful users of EHR technology.

“Receiving preliminary certification is a significant accomplishment for us,” said John McCain, president and CEO of Keane. “We believe the certification gives Keane well-deserved credibility and recognition as a leading vendor in the clinical space, as well as providing support to help current and future clients achieve the meaningful use requirements to receive stimulus funds.”

Keane Optimum is especially well-suited to help healthcare facilities accelerate the adoption of EHRs. Specifically, the solution delivers a true EHR by including the core requirements of an electronic medical record, sophisticated decision support tools and a flexible database architecture. Keane Optimum allows providers to enhance quality, maintain privacy, support clinical decision making and provide interoperability through the exchange of real-time, secure patient health information.

About the Preliminary ARRA IFR Stage 1 Certification Program

The Preliminary ARRA IFR Stage 1 certification program, operated by the CCHIT, inspects EHR technology against federal minimum criteria and standards developed by the HHS and published on January 13, 2010. It is offered now to allow eligible providers and hospitals time to qualify for incentive funding under the ARRA. The program is designed to demonstrate that a vendor’s product is well prepared to be certified once Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) accredited testing and certification becomes available. When authorized, CCHIT will replace the Preliminary ARRA program with a final, ONC- accredited ARRA certification program, and health IT companies will have an opportunity to return to complete final certification.

The Preliminary ARRA IFR Stage 1 criteria and standards used by the CCHIT for EHR technology inspection were published by the HHS as an Interim Final Rule (IFR) as an Initial Set of Standards, Implementation Specifications, and Certification Criteria for Electronic Health Record Technology. The IFR took effect on February 12, 2010. They were replaced by the Final Rule on July 13, 2010. The final criteria take effect 30 days after publication.

About CCHIT

The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT®) is an independent, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with the public mission of accelerating the adoption of robust, interoperable health information technology. The Certification Commission has been certifying electronic health record technology since 2006. More information on CCHIT, CCHIT Certified® products and Preliminary ARRA certified technology is available at www.cchit.org and at www.ehrdecisions.com. "CCHIT®" and "CCHIT Certified®" are registered marks of the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology.

About Keane

Keane is an IT services firm headquartered in the US with more than 12,000 professionals worldwide. For 45 years, Keane has been an Application Services specialist with distinguished project management credentials. Today, we offer a flagship suite of Application Services, as well as Infrastructure and Business Process Outsourcing solutions delivered through onsite, nearshore, and offshore resources.

Visit http://www.keane.com/hsd to learn how our projects, managed services, and outsourcing engagements deliver value for a range of businesses and government agencies.



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