Charlotte, NC (PRWEB) August 8, 2009
The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT®) today announced that Medflow's product Medflow EMR 7.1 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.
- Increased use of standard formats when receiving and storing laboratory results.
As a CCHIT Certified product, Medflow EMR 7.1 has been tested and passed inspection of 100 percent of these new criteria.
Jim Riggi, President and CEO, said, "Medflow has always been the industry leader in the delivery of EHR solutions to eye care professionals. Our first priority is to develop products that improve the quality of care our users provide to their patients." "Medflow has a long history of promoting industry standards that protect the patient and improve care. We see CCHIT certification as an essential benchmark that should be used by clinical professionals to evaluate the quality of the software they use. We are proud to be a CCHIT certified EHR," Jim adds.
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.
Medflow Inc. has been in the software business for over ten years. Medflow Inc. has focused on ophthalmology as its primary market. The company currently supports close to 1000 providers using the Medflow EMR products throughout the United States. The company headquarters are located in Charlotte, North Carolina. For more information about the Medflow EMR products please contact Jim Messier directly at 704-927-9810 or by email.
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 cchit.org and at ehrdecisions.com.
"CCHIT®" and "CCHIT Certified®" are registered marks of the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology.
Jim Messier, Medflow Inc., 704-927-9810
John Morrissey, CCHIT, (312) 674-4934
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