EHR Software Solutions from Allscripts Comply with 100 Percent of CCHIT Certification Criteria
At a press conference attended by Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt, the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT(SM)) today announced that Allscripts is CCHIT Certified(SM) for its HealthMatics(R) and TouchWorks(TM) Electronic Health Records and meets CCHIT ambulatory Electronic Health Record (EHR) criteria for 2006.
The press conference, which also announced a number of other vendor approvals, took place at The George Washington University Medical School, whose faculty physician group, The George Washington University Medical Faculty Associates, has been successfully using Allscripts TouchWorks Electronic Health Record to enhance the quality of care, reinforce patient safety, and help better manage the cost of care. The 270-physician multi-specialty group estimates the cost savings from their Electronic Health Record will exceed $10 million over five years, after all costs of the system, installation and support.
Ambulatory Electronic Health Records are designed for physician offices and clinics, where the majority of Americans receive their healthcare. CCHIT is the recognized authority in the U.S. for certifying EHR products - an independent, nonprofit, public/private organization that sets the benchmark for healthcare information technology.
As CCHIT Certified(SM) products, TouchWorks http://www.allscripts.com/prdTWEMR.aspx and HealthMatics http://www.allscripts.com/prdHealthMatics.aspx have been tested and passed inspection of 100 percent of a comprehensive set of criteria for:
-- functionality (ability to create and manage electronic records for all patients, as well as automating workflow in a physician's office),
-- interoperability (ability to receive and send electronic data to other entities such as laboratories), and
-- security (ability to keep patients information safe).
The CCHIT Certified mark -- a "seal of approval" for EHR products -- provides the first consensus-based, consistent benchmark for ambulatory products. By looking to products with the CCHIT Certified seal, physicians and other providers can be assured they are making a reliable investment and insurers and other payers know the products meet expected industry standards.
"Physicians who purchase certified products have the assurance that they have been reviewed by a panel of judges, including practicing physicians, and that they are being evaluated against standards set by professionals in the field and successfully piloted with products from large and small companies," said Mark Leavitt, M.D., Ph.D., Chair, CCHIT. "The quality and safety of EHR products can now be measured using certification criteria that were developed specifically for that purpose."
Glen Tullman, Allscripts Chief Executive Officer, stated, "Allscripts is pleased that CCHIT has certified both the TouchWorks and HealthMatics Electronic Health Records. Physicians now can be even more confident that when they select HealthMatics or TouchWorks, they are choosing state-of-the-art technology that has been vetted by a trusted third-party inspection process and meets both the clinical needs of providers and the quality and safety needs of patients."
Stephen Badger, Chief Executive Officer of The George Washington University Medical Faculty Associates, (for digital photos, visit http://www.allscripts.com/marketing/sites/GWUMFA_Album/index.html) who introduced Mark Leavitt at the news conference, commented, "The TouchWorks Electronic Health Record has enabled our physicians to enhance the overall patient care provided while also reducing administrative burdens and the potential for medical errors. We at The George Washington University Medical Faculty Associates have long known that TouchWorks meets the highest possible standards of excellence."
The goals of CCHIT product certification are to reduce the risk of HIT investment by physicians and other providers; ensure interoperability of HIT products; enhance the availability of HIT adoption incentives from purchasers and payers; and protect the privacy of personal health information.
"At North Fulton Family Medicine, we have used the HealthMatics Electronic Health Record for several years, saving more than $1 million in our first 18 months of operation alone," said James Morrow, MD, Vice President of the eight-physician group practice in Cumming, GA, and Chairman of the Ambulatory CCHIT Review Workgroup of the Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS). "I can attest that in the clinical setting this solution meets the highest professional standards and it is great to see HealthMatics gain CCHIT's seal of approval."
CCHIT's certification compliance criteria and its design for a certification inspection process have been thoroughly researched, taking into account the state-of-the-art of EHRs and available standards, and comparing certification processes in other industries and other countries. The inspection process is based on real-life medical scenarios designed to test products rigorously against the clinical needs of providers and the quality and safety needs of healthcare consumers and payers. One script, for example, recreates a scenario of an elderly man with poorly controlled diabetes, hypertension and other chronic conditions in order to test EHR functions such as potential adverse drug reactions, disease management and treatment plans.
CCHIT was founded in 2004 with support from three leading industry associations in healthcare information management and technology - The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and The National Alliance for Health Information Technology (Alliance). In September 2005, CCHIT was awarded a contract by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to develop, create prototypes for, and evaluate the certification criteria and inspection process for EHRs and the networks through which they interoperate. More information on CCHIT and a list of CCHIT Certified products is available at www.cchit.org.
Allscripts is the leading provider of clinical software, connectivity and information solutions that physicians use to improve healthcare. The Company's business groups provide unique solutions that inform, connect and transform healthcare. The Clinical Solutions Group's award-winning software applications include electronic health record, practice management, e-prescribing, document imaging, emergency department and care management solutions. Additionally, Allscripts provides clinical product education and connectivity solutions for physicians and patients through its Physicians Interactive(TM) Group and medication fulfillment services through its Medication Services Group. To learn more, visit Allscripts on the Web at www.allscripts.com.
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