gMed's gCare™ Version 4.0 Receives 2007 Conditional CCHIT Certification

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The Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT®) today announced that gMed's product gCare™ Version 4.0 is pre-market, conditionally CCHIT Certified®, and meets the Commission's ambulatory electronic health record (EHR) criteria for 2007.

The Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT®) today announced that gMed's product gCare™ Version 4.0 is pre-market, conditionally CCHIT Certified®, and meets the Commission's ambulatory electronic health record (EHR) criteria for 2007. Pre-market, conditionally certified EHRs are new products that are fully certified once their operational use at a physician office site has been verified. Ambulatory EHRs are designed for physician offices and clinics where most Americans get their healthcare. CCHIT - an independent, nonprofit organization - is the Recognized Certification Body in the United States for certifying health information technology products.

In the second year of the program's operation, the criteria and testing have been significantly enhanced. The Commission added 96 criteria to the 151 original requirements from last year. As a CCHIT Certified product, gCare™ Version 4.0 has been tested and passed inspection of 100 percent of a set of updated criteria for functionality, interoperability and security.

"For 2007, the Commission raised the bar from the previous year's criteria. Ambulatory EHRs now must include electronic prescribing, demonstrate an ability to receive lab results, and show enhanced patient safety, quality, and security features," said Mark Leavitt, M.D., Ph.D., chair, CCHIT. "Investment in 2007 certified ambulatory EHRs gives providers even more powerful tools to improve quality, safety and efficiency while protecting the privacy of health information."

The CCHIT Certified mark - a "seal of approval" for EHR products - provides the first consensus-based, government-recognized benchmark for ambulatory EHR products. By looking to products with the CCHIT Certified seal, physicians and other providers can reduce their risk in selecting an EHR product, allowing them to focus their evaluation on the special needs of their practices.

"Physicians work in a fast-paced environment that's constantly changing, so they need an EMR solution that is seamless" says Dr. Joe Rubinsztain, CEO of gMed. "The CCHIT certification offers our clients another level of assurance that the gCare™ Version 4.0 electronic medical record system is the right choice for managing their health records."

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.

ABOUT GMED
gMed was founded in 1997 to create a better alternative to the paper medical chart. gMed's Digital Charting system integrates medical information, cuts costs, increases revenues, improves quality and reduces risks for selected medical specialties, including Gastroenterology, Cardiology and soon Urology.

Physicians are in a rapidly changing environment and the pressure of adapting to a paperless system to remain competitive can be daunting without the right products and guidance. gMed forms a partnership with their clients to provide requirement analysis, installation, implementation, training, customization, support, maintenance and remote management services - ensuring the transition is seamless. More information is available at http://www.gmed.com.

ABOUT CCHIT
The Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT®) is an independent, nonprofit organization that has been named by the federal government as the Recognized Certification Body for health information technology. Its mission is to accelerate the adoption of health information technology by creating a credible, sustainable certification program. The certification requirements are based on widely accepted industry standards and involve the work of hundreds of expert volunteers and input from a variety of stakeholders throughout the health care industry. More information on CCHIT and CCHIT Certified® products is available at http://www.cchit.org.

"CCHIT®" and "CCHIT Certified®" are service marks of the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology.

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