Bizmatics announced today that its flagship electronic medical records product PrognoCIS Version 1.81 has been certified by the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHITSM) and meets CCHIT ambulatory electronic health record (EHR) criteria for 2006. Ambulatory EHRs are designed for physician offices and clinics where most Americans get their healthcare. CCHIT is a Recognized Certification Body in the United States for certifying health information technology products – an independent, nonprofit organization that sets the benchmark for EHRs. As a CCHIT Certified product, PrognoCIS electronic medical records software has been tested and passed inspection of 100% of a set of criteria for:
- Functionality (ability to create and manage electronic records for all patients, as well as automating workflow in a physician’s office),
- Interoperability (a first step in the ability to receive and send electronic data to other entities such as laboratories), and Security (ability to keep patients’ information safe).
PrognoCIS EMR Version 1.81 is a full-featured electronic medical records product developed using Internet technologies. PrognoCIS EMR is available both as ASP service or Client-Server in-house deployment. Bizmatics also provides other companion products such as Patient Portal, Referring Physician Portal, and Waiting Room kiosk. PrognoCIS EMR medical software provides HL7 interface, which enables multiple labs, hospital management systems and practice management systems to communicate bi-directionally.
“Physicians who purchase certified products have the assurance that they have been reviewed by a panel of judges, including practicing physicians, and that they are being evaluated against standards set by professionals in the field and successfully piloted with products from large and small companies,” said Mark Leavitt, M.D., Ph.D., chair, CCHIT. “The quality and safety of EHR products can now be measured using certification criteria that were developed specifically for that purpose.”
“We are very pleased to get certification from CCHIT,” said Vinay Deshpande, CEO, Bizmatics Inc., the company that makes the medical software. “PrognoCIS EMR is getting excellent reviews for its comprehensive feature set, ease of use and powerful customizability from our fast-growing customer base. We believe that this certification endorses that PrognoCIS EMR 1.81 also adheres to emerging standards for ambulatory medical records.”
The goals of CCHIT product certification are to reduce the risk of HIT investment by physicians and other providers; ensure interoperability of HIT products; enhance the availability of HIT adoption incentives from purchasers and payers; and protect the privacy of personal health information.
CCHIT’s certification compliance criteria and its design for a certification inspection process have been thoroughly researched, taking into account the state of the art of EHRs and available standards, and comparing certification processes in other industries and other countries. The inspection process is based on real-life medical scenarios designed to test products rigorously against the clinical needs of providers and the quality and safety needs of healthcare consumers and payers. One script, for example, recreates a scenario of an elderly man with poorly controlled diabetes, hypertension, and other chronic conditions in order to test EHR functions such as potential adverse drug reactions, disease management, and treatment plans.
The Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHITSM) is an independent, nonprofit organization that has been recognized by the federal government as an official certification body for electronic health record products. Its mission is to accelerate the adoption of health information technology by creating a credible, sustainable product 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 healthcare industry. More information on CCHIT and CCHIT Certified SM products is available at www.cchit.org.
“CCHITSM” and “CCHIT Certified SM” are service marks of the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology.