The following guest post is provided by Jim Tate, President of EMR Advocate
Finally, the log jam has begun to break. CCHIT announced December 1st, 2009 the initial group of vendors who have gained 2011 Certifications in either the Comprehensive or Preliminary ARRA programs. The certifications are all valid until December 31, 2012.
The first vendors to cross the finish line are:
eHealth Made EASY, Version 3 by eHealth Made EASY, LLC, achieved Preliminary ARRA 2011 Certification for ‘CMS Quality Reporting” in both the Eligible Providers and Hospitals domains. They look to be on track to supply the ‘meaningful use’ reporting functionality across the entire range of platforms. I’m guessing they could become the reporting engine for quite a few hospital systems and EHRs.
KIS Track, Version 5.1, by Kaulkin Information Systems, achieved Preliminary ARRA 2011 Certification for ‘Patient Electronic Access to Health Information’ for Eligible Providers. Looks like they may be getting into the patient portal market.
Medios, Version 4.5, by IOS Health Systems, passed inspection on 27 of 27 objectives for Preliminary 2011 ARRA Certification for Eligible Providers. It appears they are interested in the Ambulatory EHR market.
ABELMed EHR-EMR/PM, Version 11, by ABEL Medical Software Inc., is the first EHR vendor to achieve the CCHIT 2011 Comprehensive Ambulatory Certification. Usability testing is now a part of the CCHIT Ambulatory Certification and in this area ABELMed scored 4 out of 5 stars.
About Jim Tate
Jim Tate, President of EMR Advocate, is an experienced project manager in the implementation of both EHR and Practice Management systems and has led numerous implementations in the United States, as well as China. He consults with EHR vendors regarding interface and functional specifications, marketing strategy, documentation and certification. He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or followed on Twitter at “jimtate”.