Healthwise® Patient Education EMR Module Earns ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 Certification

Healthwise Makes It Easy for Clinicians to Deliver Meaningful Patient Education at the Point of Care Within an Electronic Medical Record (EMR)

BOISE, Idaho--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Healthwise announced today that the Healthwise® Patient Education EMR Module was certified as an Electronic Health Record (EHR) Module on May 3, 2011, by the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT®), an authorized Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology—Authorized Testing and Certification Body (ONC-ATCB), in accordance with the applicable eligible provider and hospital certification criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. The 2011/2012 criteria support the Stage 1 meaningful use measures required to qualify eligible providers and hospitals for funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

Integrated within an EMR, the Healthwise Patient Education EMR Module is a prebuilt clinician interface that allows clinicians to deliver patient education at the point of care. It integrates with EMRs by using the Health Level 7 International Context-Aware Knowledge Retrieval Standard, also known as the HL7 Infobutton standard.

“For patients, ‘meaningful use’ means that the EMR system can prescribe information they need to take care of themselves at home and to make better treatment decisions with their doctors,” said Donald W. Kemper, Healthwise chairman and CEO. “With this module, patients can get the information they need at the time they need it while doctors get a certified, easy-to-use patient education solution that improves outcomes, enhances patient satisfaction, and meets key requirements of the meaningful use rules.”

The ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 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 (HHS) for either eligible provider or hospital technology.

EHR companies that offer ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 certified EHR modules, like the Healthwise Patient Education EMR Module, may return to test additional criteria and certify their products as Complete EHRs later. Companies certifying products early in the ONC-ATCB certification process must quickly adapt their products to meet the evolving nature of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) test procedures, particularly for electronic prescribing. ONC-ATCB product certification updates will be available at http://www.cchit.org as they occur.

“CCHIT is pleased to be testing and certifying products so that companies are now able to offer these products to providers who wish to purchase and implement certified EHR technology and achieve meaningful use in time for the 2011/2012 incentives,” said Karen M. Bell, M.D., M.S.S., Chair, CCHIT.

Healthwise information and tools help clinicians improve care quality and provide easy-to-understand patient education at the point of care, while maintaining workflow efficiency. And ultimately, the information, easy access, and deliverability help providers receive meaningful use incentive payments.

The Healthwise Patient Education Solution provides evidence-based patient instructions for virtually any moment in care. The meaningful health content includes instructions on how to prepare for upcoming procedures, after-care instructions, drug leaflets, and guidelines for when to call for help. And the patient instructions include “Go to Web” codes that directly link patients to more health information and interactive decision aids in the Healthwise® Knowledgebase, an online health encyclopedia.

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 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 www.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.

About Healthwise

Healthwise is a nonprofit organization with a mission to help people make better health decisions. About 110 million times a year, people turn to Healthwise information to learn how to do more for themselves, ask for the care they need, and say “no” to the care they don’t need. Healthwise partners with hospitals, EMR providers, health plans, disease management companies, and health websites to provide up-to-date, evidence-based information to the people they serve. www.healthwise.org. 1-800-706-9646.

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