One of the most important aspects around certification is that in order to qualify for Meaningful Use incentives under the Medicare or Medicaid EHR Incentive program, eligible providers must meet the Meaningful Use requirements that apply to them, and they must meet those requirements on Certified EHR software.
Since Vericle's medical billing software achieved “Complete” Ambulatory EHR status (read here), Vericle is the only software that a provider would need to use in order to be supported as a Meaningful User. This is opposed to modular certifications that cover only a portion of the criteria.
Certification testing ensures the capabilities of EHR Technologies to support Meaningful Use – from interoperability and standards requirements, to privacy/security requirements, to specific sets of clinical functionality. One of the goals of 3rd party certification is to ensure end-users and purchasers of products that the software they are evaluating meets a certain baseline level of functionality.
- Medication Reconciliation
- Clinical Decision Support
- Drug-Drug, Drug Allergy, Formulary Checks
- Maintaining up to date problem lists, active medication lists, and allergy lists
Here are some additional resources that ONC has provided that you might find helpful:
- CCD/CCR Patient Summary records
- Submission to immunization registries
- Electronic prescribing
- Reportable Lab Results
- Calculate and Submit Clinical Quality Measures
- Timely access to clinical information
- Patient education resources
- Electronic copy of healthcare information
- Advanced Directives
- Access Control
- Audit logging
- Emergency Access
- Encryption when exchanging health information
- Accounting of disclosures
ONC Certification and Health IT Compliance
Independent 3rd party Laboratory providing testing and evaluation of IT products, applications, devices, and solutions since 1989
Manages numerous Security Industry Consortia and associated testing and certification programs organized around technology verticals
ISO 9001:2008 Certified,
ISO 17025:2005 Accredited
ONC is the principal Federal entity charged with coordination of nationwide efforts to implement and use the most advanced health information technology and the electronic exchange of health information.
The position of National Coordinator was created in 2004, through an Executive Order, and legislatively mandated in the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH Act) of 2009.
ONC developed the Temporary and Permanent (June 2012) Certification Programs to define a process to ensure that EHR technologies meet the adopted standards, certification criteria, and other technical requirements to achieve meaningful use of those records in systems.
Certification by an ONC Authorized Testing and Certification Body (ONC-ATCB) signifies to eligible professionals, hospitals, and critical access hospitals that an EHR technology has the capabilities necessary to support their efforts to meet the goals and objectives of meaningful use.
Use of “certified EHR technology” is a requirement for providers and hospitals who seek to qualify to receive incentive payments under the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record Incentive Programs provisions authorized in the HITECH Act.