ONC Authorizes Four Entities as Stage 2 EHR Certifiers

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has authorized four organizations to certify electronic health records under the Stage 2 meaningful use program, known as the 2014 Edition of certification.

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Is there a easy way to determine which EHRs a particular certify agency has certified and the results of those certifications. The reason I ask, I am assisting a number of small private practicing in implementing EHRs and its clear that there are a number of EHRs that were "certified" for Stage 1 that should not have been (e.g., systems from Allscripts). I have some prospective clients who had already selected and started implementing EHRs but when they got into implementing them found that a number of the functions should not have past - particularly as it relates to data exchange and QM. So I trying to avoid products "certified" by the entity that certified Allscripts, McKesson and other systems. Bottomline,its seems that all the certifying entities are not equal. Given that the ONC will not give exemptions to functionality in "certified" EHRs that are unable to deliver Stage 1 and I suspect Stage 2 functionality, I'm trying to minimize my clients' risks (including future audits by CMS) by avoiding EHRs that are do not meet certification requirements.

Thanks you for taking time to hear my concern.

Tom Meeks, Health Compliance Group
Posted by THOMAS M | Tuesday, January 15 2013 at 10:41AM ET
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