CapSite 2010 U.S. Ambulatory EHR Certification Study

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Strategic Assessment of Industry Views on Certification

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“The recent release of the final rule on Meaningful Use of an Electronic Health Record (EHR) by the HHS represents an important step in addressing the market confusion related to certification requirements for Ambulatory EHRs"

The 2010 U.S. Ambulatory Electronic Health Records (EHR) Certification Study from CapSite represents a strategic assessment of current industry views on Ambulatory EHR certification.

The study provides unique Voice of Customer (VOC) insight from more than 850 healthcare providers across the United States.

Study highlights:

  • 66% of study participants indicated that they consider certification to be a Very Important element of their Ambulatory EHR evaluation process
  • 52% of respondents believe that CCHIT Certification is required to receive Stimulus funds for their Ambulatory EHR solution purchase

The HITECH Act of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 and more specifically the stimulus funding tied to Meaningful Use of Electronic Health Records (EHR) has created a significant industry focus on EHR certification. The study objective was to assess the current state of the Healthcare IT (HIT) market as it relates to Ambulatory EHR Certification, with a specific focus on providers’ knowledge of certification requirements, the relative importance of certification, as well as providers’ awareness of certifying entities.

“The study provides clear evidence that there is considerable confusion in the market in terms of the certification requirements for Ambulatory EHRs,” says Brendan FitzGerald, Research Director for CapSite. “Although the ONC has not designated Authorized Testing and Certification Bodies (ATCB) at this time, 69% of respondents were not aware there will be federally accredited alternatives to CCHIT for Ambulatory EHR certification.”

The study also indicates mixed opinion regarding the yet to be named ONC-ATCBs for Ambulatory EHR certification as 33% of study respondents are less concerned about which ONC-ATCB certifies their Ambulatory EHR solution than they are about receiving stimulus funds.

“The recent release of the final rule on Meaningful Use of an Electronic Health Record (EHR) by the U.S. Health and Human Services Department represents an important step in addressing the market confusion related to certification requirements for Ambulatory EHRs.” FitzGerald concludes. “Our study indicates that providers would greatly benefit from additional education and guidance to fully understand certification expectations.”

Obtain a complimentary copy of the CapSite 2010 U.S. Ambulatory EHR Certification Study at CapSite.com

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CapSite™ is a healthcare technology research and advisory firm. Our mission is to help our healthcare vendor and provider clients make more informed strategic decisions that will enable them to accelerate the growth of their business.

The CapSite™ database is the trusted, easy-to-use online resource providing critical knowledge and evidence-based information on healthcare technology purchases. CapSite™ provides detailed transparency on healthcare technology pricing, packaging and positioning.

When it comes to healthcare technology research, it helps to see all the details. Those details are now available with CapSite™.

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