Clinicians will soon be able to use the system to qualify for funding under the federal government’s program to improve clinical care by promoting the adoption and effective use of EHRs at healthcare institutions.

The ARIA system for both medical and radiation oncology were tested and certified as a Complete Ambulatory EHR under the Drummond Group’s Electronic Health Records Office of the National Coordinator Authorized Certification Body (ONC-ACB) program. The Drummond Group’s ONC-ACB certification program certifies that EHRs meet the meaningful use criteria for eligible providers.

Varian’s ARIA software system is a comprehensive electronic medical record and image management system that aggregates patient data into an organized, oncology-specific medical chart with functional components for managing clinical, administrative and financial operations for medical, radiation and surgical oncology. The certification means that the software complies with criteria adopted by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for electronic healthcare records. Eligible providers can now qualify to receive federal stimulus monies upon demonstrating meaningful use of Varian’s certified software system for establishing and maintaining electronic healthcare records.

"Enhancing the ARIA system to qualify for this certification was a significant achievement and the result of close collaboration with members of the clinical oncology community," said Sukhveer Singh, vice president of Varian’s Oncology Continuum Solutions group, a dedicated team working to deliver software solutions that enable more patient-centered and outcome-driven care along the care continuum. "While this certification is relevant only to clinical sites in the U.S., we are confident that many of the interoperability and quality measures that were added to ARIA will be of great use to the wider global community of clinicians."

The ARIA oncology information system (version 11 MR5), coupled with the Equicare Health Solutions Active Patient Portal (version 4.2) for providing patients with secure web-based access to important portions of their medical records, were certified together to meet the federal requirements for Complete Ambulatory EHR.

Additional Information

These Complete EHRs are 2014 Edition compliant and have been certified by an ONC-ACB in accordance with the applicable certification criteria adopted by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This certification does not represent an endorsement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services or guarantee the receipt of incentive payments. ARIA version 11 MR5 was certified on June 26, 2014. Certified ID numbers are 06262014-2528-1 (for radiation oncology) and 06262014-2529-1 (for medical oncology). The modules tested were 170.314(a)(1-15); 170.314(b)(1-5, 7); 170.314(c)(1-3);170.314(d)(1-8); 170.314(e)(1-3); 170.314(f)(1-3); 170.314(g)(2-4). Clinical Quality Measures certified: CMS002v3; CMS050v2; CMS068v3; CMS069v2; CMS124v2; CMS125v2; CMS129v3; CMS130v2; CMS138v2; CMS139v2; CMS140v2; CMS141v3; CMS154v2; CMS156v2; CMS157v2; and CMS165v2. Additional software used: Data Motion, Equicare, Microsoft Word.

Price Transparency

These certified products generally involve one-time license fees plus some ongoing costs:

  • ARIA Disease Management, a one-time initial license fee and ongoing Software Support Agreement (SSA) fees.
  • Equicare Health Solutions Active Patient Portal, a one-time initial license fee and ongoing SSA fees.
  • ePrescribing, a one-time initial license fee and ongoing SSA fees.
  • Interfaces: In and Outbound Laboratory, Immunization, Syndromic Health, a one-time initial license fee/interface and ongoing SSA fees.
  • DIRECT, a one-time initial license fee and ongoing service fees.