First Major Quality/Inpatient EHR Vendor to Achieve Meaningful Use Certification
ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The McKesson Quality eMeasures™ and Clinical Performance Analytics™ solutions received the federal government’s “meaningful use” stamp of approval by earning EHR Modular certification. The designation officially deems the electronic health record (EHR) software capable of enabling providers to qualify for funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The achievement makes McKesson the first major quality/inpatient electronic health record (EHR) vendor to achieve modular certification for clinical quality measures.
Tested and certified under Drummond Group's Electronic Health Records Office of the National Coordinator Authorized Testing and Certification Body (ONC-ATCB) program, the EHR software is 2011/2012 compliant in accordance with the criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services.
McKesson Quality eMeasures manages the calculation and submission of inpatient quality measures. Clinical Performance Analytics enables the generation of patient lists and automates measure calculation. These two solutions were also certified as part of the Horizon Clinicals® Complete EHR certification. By earning EHR Modular certification, the McKesson Quality eMeasures and Clinical Performance Analytics solutions are compatible with both McKesson and non-McKesson clinical EHR software for reporting of clinical quality measures.
“Our teams have worked diligently to deliver the flexible reporting and submission tools our customers need to demonstrate meaningful use of certified EHR technology based on the measures and milestones that must be documented and reported to qualify for incentives,” said Connie Moser, vice president, Enterprise Intelligence, McKesson Provider Technologies. “We are focused on partnering with our customers to ensure our solutions provide the healthcare-specific analytics needed to support the cultural and behavioral change that is fundamental to achieving success and meaningful use.”
Drummond Group’s ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 certification program tests and certifies that EHRs meet the meaningful use criteria for either eligible provider or hospital technology. In turn, healthcare providers using the EHR systems of certified vendors are qualified to receive federal stimulus monies upon demonstrating meaningful use of the technology — a key component of the federal government’s push to improve clinical care delivery through the adoption and effective use of EHRs by U.S. healthcare providers.
“The need to leverage information technology in the healthcare industry is huge – as the quality of care and efficiency benefits that come with computerization can really make a difference in the overall patient experience. We’re ready to help transform the industry by providing the sophisticated software testing services that ensure that vendors and hospitals are offering systems that are capable of meeting the meaningful use standards required to obtain incentive funds as well as the rich functionality required to move the clinical care needle forward,” says Rik Drummond, CEO, Drummond Group Inc. “We have been testing software for more than a decade and are ready to leverage our extensive experience handling sophisticated systems in complex industries as well as dealing with complicated technical issues such as interoperability and security.”
“We are proud to have reached this milestone and to empower our customers to address the challenges of meaningful use,” said Rod O’Reilly, president, Health Systems Enterprise Solutions, McKesson Provider Technologies. “Through advanced real-time and retrospective analytics, quality-related benchmarks and targeted, predefined metrics, McKesson has invested significantly in equipping organizations across the country with the insight to drive real, sustained performance improvement.”
McKesson Corporation, currently ranked 14th on the FORTUNE 500, is a healthcare services and information technology company dedicated to helping its customers deliver high-quality healthcare by reducing costs, streamlining processes, and improving the quality and safety of patient care. Over the course of its 178-year history, McKesson has grown by providing pharmaceutical and medical-surgical supply management across the spectrum of care; healthcare information technology for hospitals, physicians, homecare and payers; hospital and retail pharmacy automation; and services for manufacturers and payers designed to improve outcomes for patients.
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.
These EHR Modules are 2011/2012 compliant and have 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. McKesson Quality eMeasures, Jan. 19, 2011, Release 1.0, Certification ID: 01192011-6525-8. Clinical Performance Analytics, Jan. 19, 2011, Release 15.0 ARRA SP, Certification ID: -00192011-3988-8.
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