Designation from the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology Opens Door for Providers to Receive Stimulus Funding
VANCOUVER, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Office Ally announced today that its electronic health records (EHR 24/7, v. 3.6.0) product is 2011/2012 compliant and was certified as a Complete EHR by the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT®). The 2011/2012 criteria supports the Stage 1 meaningful use measures required to qualify eligible providers and hospitals for funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The U.S. government is encouraging a movement toward electronic health records as a way to foster improvements in healthcare quality, safety, efficiency and access.
The certification program tests and certifies that Complete EHRs meet all of the 2011/2012 criteria and that EHR Modules meet one or more – but not all – of the criteria approved by the secretary of health and human services for either eligible provider or hospital technology. It 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.
In order to be eligible for government funding under the 2009 economic stimulus package, providers must use EHR technology that has been certified to allow providers to achieve “meaningful use.” These are categorized by the U.S. government as technology that improves care coordination, reduces healthcare disparities, engages patients and their families, improves population and public health, and ensures adequate privacy and security. The certification received by Office Ally fulfills this requirement.
“We believe certification from CCHIT provides physicians even greater assurance that our EHR product will meet and exceed their complex needs in a trusted and secure manner,” said Brian O’Neill, Office Ally president and CEO. “Since first bringing our EHR system to the market in 2007, it has repeatedly shown to compete favorably with the more expensive EHR systems currently available. What’s more, physicians can have access to our sophisticated and certified system at no cost at all.”
Last month, Office Ally announced the introduction of a new revenue cycle management billing service for providers, making it easier for physicians, hospitals and clinics to receive prompt and accurate reimbursement from insurance companies and patients. Providers who participate in this service will receive Office Ally’s electronic health record and practice management system – which includes eligibility checking and patient reminder tools – for no additional cost.
An electronic health record is a patient record in digital format that is capable of being shared confidentially and securely across different healthcare settings. Such records may include a full range of data in comprehensive or summary form, including demographics, medical history, medication and allergies, immunization status, laboratory test results, radiology images, and billing information. Starting in 2015 hospitals and doctors will be subject to financial penalties under Medicare if they have not converted to an electronic health records platform.
Certification details are as follows: Date Certified: 11/17/2010. Product Version: 3.6.0. Certification ID: CC-1112-490300-1. Clinical Quality Measures Certified: NQF 0421, NQF 0013, NQF 0028, NQF 0041, NQF 0024, NQF 0038, NQF 0088, NQF 0034, and NQF 0032. Self Attested Additional Software Used in Testing: Patient Ally (Patient Portal) – 170.304(g); NCPDC Script – 170.304(b); Chikat .NET Encryption Component – 170.302(s).
About Office Ally
Founded in 2000, Office Ally currently works with more than 300,000 providers and 4,400 insurance carriers in all 50 states. It also houses eligibility for nearly 400 IPAs and small health plans. Its complete suite of interactive asp, Internet-based solutions include a patient health registry – Patient Ally™, electronic health records – EHR 24/7™, practice management – Practice Mate™, clearinghouse, and case management – Case Mate™. All of Office Ally’s products and services are offered at minimal or no cost to providers, with training and technical support available 24/7. Further information may be obtained at www.officeally.com.
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 Commission has been certifying electronic health record technology since 2006 and is approved by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as an Authorized Testing and Certification Body (ONC-ATCB). More information on CCHIT, CCHIT Certified® products and ONC-ATCB certified electronic health record technology is available at http://cchit.org.
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.
For Office Ally
Ross Goldberg, 818-597-8453, x-1
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