MedInformatix has achieved certification under the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)' Office of National Coordinator (ONC) for its full suite of Electronic Health Records (EHR) for Health IT's Stage 1 meaningful use under provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
Austin, Texas-based Drummond Group, one of the organisations that ONC has ordained as an Authorised Testing and Certification Body (ATCB) of EHR products, has certified that MedInformatix technology is capable of supporting eligible professionals (EPs), such as radiologists, and eligible hospitals (EHs) efforts to achieve meaningful IT use goals and objectives.
MedInformatix said that ‘Meaningful use,’ under Federal Government financial incentive programs, requires IT to enhance healthcare quality, patient safety, improve outcomes and lower costs.
MedInformatix Marketing director Michele Jones said that any of the EHR system capabilities required for ONC certification had already been built into their products and this includes the system’s e-Prescribing (eRx) module, which enables practices to more quickly and accurately communicate with pharmacies.
“To achieve certification, we added programming and new formats, and made additional modifications over a several week period. We are implementing these changes for existing EHR clients, enabling them to achieve meaningful use and quickly begin to earn sizable financial benefits,” Jones said.
Stage 1 of the meaningful use provision primarily focuses on electronic data capture, like that facilitated by MedInformatix’ eRx module. Subsequent requirements under Stages 2 and 3 will address additional information exchange capabilities, overall quality, safety, efficiency and improvements in the US population’s overall health.