ONC Receives Unexpected ONC-ATCB Application from Weno Healthcare Inc.

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The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) welcomed Weno Healthcare Inc.'s application August 20, 2010 but certainly did not count them as an early ONC-ATCB candidate. The ONC's open door application process is good news for EHR vendors seeking lower costs and more straightforward approaches to the testing and certification process, both of which Weno will provide if approved as an ONC-ATCB.

Tina Goodman, CEO Weno Healthcare Inc.

The certification seal is not the final word on an EHR's ability to satisfy the customer; and it never will be. There is much more going on with healthcare IT than can be tested in a lab. The customer service factor is a huge consideration that cannot be given a certification status.

Weno Healthcare Inc.'s ONC-ATCB application could be a sign of relief for EHR vendors anxious to prove that they meet applicable certification criteria, but do not want to spend an arm and a leg and unnecessary amounts of time doing so.

The National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has established a temporary certification program for testing and certification of Complete Electronic Health Records (EHRs) and EHR Modules that achieve compliance with applicable certification criteria. The ONC will authorize testing and certification bodies ("ONC-ATCBs") to conduct testing and certification.

The National Coordinator, David Blumenthal, is quoted from his June 2010 blog, “In the Proposed Rule, we stated that we anticipated that there would be no more than 3 applicants for ONC-ATCB status. Based on the comments received, we now believe that there may be up to 5 applicants for ONC-ATCB status. In addition, we believe that up to 2 of these applicants will not have the level of preparedness that we originally estimated for all potential applicants for ONC-ATCB status.”

Weno Healthcare Inc. was not expected in the 5 he mentioned. Weno is confident that it meets all the requirements and level of preparedness required by the ONC and expects a decision by the end of September.

Weno's approach to testing and certification is simple. They stick to the basic NIST ONC approved test procedures; whose test scripts provide a quality testing and certification platform that can result in a 2 day turnaround time for some straightforward complete EHR applications.    

Competition is already causing a reduction in testing and certification costs and time involved, when you compare the two ONC-ATCBs recently approved.

"The certification seal is not the final word on an EHR's ability to satisfy the customer; and it never will be. There is much more going on with healthcare IT than can be tested in a lab. The customer service factor is a huge consideration that cannot be given a certification status." states Tina Goodman, CEO of Weno Healthcare Inc.    

Tina continues, "The certification process must be understood as a helper to a customer's decision making process. The customer should never be misguided; and this is the sole purpose of establishing a process such as this. If the seal is only an indicator of each technology's ability to meet minimum standards then why pay for more? Why not shorten the process, lower the certification cost, and let the free market dictate the winners?"

Weno is accepting early applications for a quote and a no obligation placement on their waiting list, on a first come first serve basis. There will be no obligation to use Weno; and a non refundable small application fee will be at risk if ONC ATCB status is not obtained. If Weno receives ONC-ATCB status; as expected, the waiting list will activate.

For more information or to request an early application, go to http://www.wenohealthcare.com and take the tour or contact Tina Goodman.

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