ASG Software Solutions' ASG-MEDAPPZ ISUITE™ Recieves 08 CCHIT Certification

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Software Complies with Updated Interoperability Requirements

Two key new areas of interoperability are required to achieve 08 certification

The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT®) today announced that ASG Software Solutions' product ASG-MedAppz iSuite, version 4 is a CCHIT Certified® 08 Ambulatory EHR and meets the Certification Commission's electronic health record (EHR) criteria for office-based use. Ambulatory EHRs are designed for physician offices and clinics where most Americans get their healthcare. The Commission - a private, nonprofit organization - is the Recognized Certification Body in the United States for certifying health information technology products.

"Two key new areas of interoperability are required to achieve 08 certification," said Mark Leavitt, M.D., Ph.D., chair, CCHIT. "First, ambulatory EHRs must be capable of advanced electronic prescribing functions so physicians can qualify for bonuses under Medicare's new incentive program. Second, EHRs must be able to send and receive an electronic patient summary. These and other new criteria will ensure that certified health IT products help improve quality, safety, and efficiency while protecting the privacy of health information."

In the third year of the program's operation, the criteria and testing have been significantly updated again to provide physicians with more assurance that certified products will meet their needs for functionality, interoperability, and security. The Commission added 19 criteria to the 200 required in 2007. Those changes were focused on the ability to exchange patient information with other systems. A CCHIT Certified 08 Ambulatory EHR ensures:

  •     Additional electronic prescribing features--access to the patient's medication history, formulary, and eligibility;
  •     Better and safer medication dosing, adjusted for patient weight and other factors;
  •     Better ability to prevent adverse reactions due to drug interactions or allergies;
  •     Use of standard formats to exchange basic patient information for continuity of care;
  •     Enhanced ability to view X-rays and other diagnostic images;
  •     Better management of patient consents and authorizations; and
  •     Increased use of standard formats when receiving and storing laboratory results.

As a CCHIT Certified product, ASG-MedAppz iSuite has been tested and passed inspection of 100 percent of these new criteria.

"As a Web-based EMR solution, ASG-MedAppz provides full, secure, and controlled interoperability-with maximum flexibility and minimal up-front investment," said ASG President and CEO, Arthur L. Allen. "When augmented by the ASG-Cypress® in-hospital content management technology, the combined solution provides secure clinical, financial, and administrative information exchange with a very light footprint."

The CCHIT Certified "seal of approval" for EHR products provides a 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.

About ASG | http://www.asg.com
ASG provides software solutions to more than 85 percent of the world's largest companies. Through its comprehensive Business Service Management (BSM) solution, Business Service Portfolio™, ASG is an established BSM provider with a strong heritage in information management; applications management; infrastructure, performance, and operations management; and service and support technologies. ASG enables clients to reduce costs, improve business-service delivery and reduce risks. Founded in 1986, ASG is a privately-held company based in Naples, Florida, USA, with more than 90 offices worldwide.

About CCHIT

The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT®) is a private, 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 and at http://www.ehrdecisions.com.

"CCHIT®" and "CCHIT Certified®" are registered marks of the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology.

Media Contacts:

Patricia Colpitts, ASG Software Solutions, 512.238.3051

John Morrissey, CCHIT, (312) 674-4934

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