FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- MEDNAX, Inc. announced today that BabySteps® 6.0, the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Module developed for neonatologists practicing as part of its Pediatrix Medical Group division, was certified as 2011/2012 compliant on March 11, 2011, by the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT®), an Office of the National Coordinator’s Authorized Testing and Certification Body (ONC-ATCB), in accordance with the applicable MEDNAX 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).
“This certification recognizes the capabilities of our BabySteps electronic health record module in support of neonatologists and neonatal nurse practitioners who are part of Pediatrix’s national group practice, as well as our hospital partners, in meeting meaningful use requirements and providing them with the ability to improve outcomes for premature babies in neonatal intensive care units throughout the country,” said Roger Medel, M.D., Chief Executive Officer, MEDNAX, Inc. “As a provider organization, Pediatrix recognized the importance of electronic health records more than a decade ago and has since driven the widespread implementation of BabySteps in more than 250 of our hospital partner NICUs. As a result, our clinical information systems have been used to successfully enhance clinical care by measuring and analyzing treatment processes that have led to improved quality, safety, and efficiencies for the U.S. neonatal population.”
The ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 certification program tests and certifies that Complete EHRs meet all of the 2011/2012 criteria and 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. Companies offering ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 certified EHR modules 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 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.
BabySteps 6.0’s certification number is CC-1112-487320-1. ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 certification conferred by 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.
BabySteps 6.0 meets the following certification criteria:
Drug-drug, drug-allergy interaction checks 170.302(a)
Maintain up-to-date problem list 170.302(c)
Maintain active medication list 170.302(d)
Record and chart vital signs 170.302(f)
Smoking status 170.302(g)
Incorporate laboratory test results 170.302(h)
Access control 170.302(o)
Emergency access 170.302(p)
Automatic log-off 170.302(q)
Audit log 170.302(r)
General encryption 170.302(u)
Encryption when exchanging electronic health information 170.302(v)
Clinical decision support 170.306(e)
Electronic copy of discharge instructions 170.306(e)
Advance directives 170.306(h)
MEDNAX, Inc., is a national medical group that comprises the nation's leading provider of neonatal, maternal-fetal and pediatric physician subspecialty services as well as anesthesia services. Physicians and advanced practitioners practicing as part of MEDNAX are reshaping the delivery of care within their specialties and subspecialties, using evidence-based tools, continuous quality initiatives and clinical research to enhance patient outcomes and provide high-quality, cost-effective care. Pediatrix Medical Group, a unit of MEDNAX, was founded in 1979 and now includes neonatal physicians who provide services at more than 300 neonatal intensive care units, who collaborate with affiliated maternal-fetal medicine, pediatric cardiology and pediatric critical care physician subspecialists to provide a clinical care continuum. Pediatrix is also the nation's largest provider of newborn hearing screens. In 2007, the Company expanded into anesthesia services. Today, American Anesthesiology includes more than 700 anesthesiologists and advanced practitioners. MEDNAX, through its affiliated professional corporations, employs more than 1,650 physicians in 33 states and Puerto Rico. Additional information is available at www.mednax.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.
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Bob Kneeley, 954-384-0175, ext. 5300
Vice President, Investor Relations
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