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EHR System, Health IT Solution Earn ONC Health IT Certification

June 15, 2018 - Two health IT solutions recently earned ONC 2015 edition health IT certification from ONC Authorized Certification Bodies (ACB) Gaming Laboratories International and Drummond Group. ChartLogic — a division of Medsphere — received ONC 2015 edition certification for its ambulatory EHR solution. ChartLogic earned this certification after 100 percent of its users participating in the...


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HIMSS Suggests CMS Reduce Administrative Burden of eCQM Reporting

by Kate Monica

In a recent letter to CMS Administrator Seema Verma, HIMSS recommended several ways the federal agency can improve electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) development, implementation, and reporting to reduce administrative burden on providers...

Forthcoming ONC Health IT Certification Rule Will Support TEFCA

by Kate Monica

ONC recently announced the development of a new proposed rule that would update the Health IT Certification Program to support voluntary attestation to the adoption of the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA) to promote network-to-network...

NC Hospital to Swap Cerner System for Epic EHR Replacement

by Kate Monica

Cape Fear Valley Health in North Carolina recently announced a decision to launch an Epic EHR replacement project to swap out its Cerner EHR system. The new Epic system will provide a single, unified EHR platform for all hospitals and clinics...

Cerner, Epic 2015 CEHRT Most Commonly Used by Eligible Clinicians

by Kate Monica

The highest number of eligible hospitals and clinicians used the 2015 edition Certified EHR technology (CEHRT) from Cerner and Epic to attest to meaningful use from 2011 to 2016, according to ONC. ONC recently posted two data visualizations demonstrating...

Call for EHR Companies to Provide No-Cost EHR System Updates

by Kate Monica

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) recently requested CMS require that EHR vendors provide any new federally-mandated updates to EHR systems free of charge to avoid augmenting the financial burden of EHR system maintenance for physician...

ONC to Maintain $60M Budget to Support 21st Century Cures Act

by Kate Monica

ONC will keep over $60 million in funding through September to help the agency continue its efforts to improve interoperability and carry out the aims of the 21st Century Cures Act, according to an omnibus spending bill that passed the House...

ONC Approves NCQA Testing Lab for Health IT Certification

by Kate Monica

The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) eMeasure testing lab has been approved by ONC as an Authorized Testing Lab (ONC-ATL). As an ONC-ATL, NCQA is now approved to test health IT products for the ONC Health IT Certification Program....

ONC Funding to Be Further Reduced in POTUS Proposed 2019 Budget

by Kate Monica

ONC will receive $38 million in funding as part of the Trump Administration’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2019— $22 million below the amount allotted to the federal agency in the FY 2018 Continuing Resolution, according to the...

eClinicalWorks Now Faces Class Action Lawsuit Over Unwanted Ads

by Kate Monica

Goodson & Company in Ohio has filed a complaint against eClinicalWorks for allegedly faxing unsolicited advertisement materials about its EHR system product offerings to the law firm. As part of the class action lawsuit, the Cincinnati-based...

Allscripts Expands Real-Time Messaging in Ambulatory EHR Systems

by Kate Monica

Allscripts will now integrate real-time messaging for financial, clinical, and prescription data into its ambulatory EHR systems including its ePrescribe, Professional EHR, and TouchWorks EHR solutions. The health IT vendor will expand its real-time...

Rural CO Hospital to Use MEDHOST EHR for Stage 3 Meaningful Use

by Kate Monica

A critical access hospital (CAH) in Colorado recently met the requirements to successfully attest for Stage 3 meaningful use in 2017 using MEDHOST EHR. Mt. San Rafael Hospital will be one of the first hospitals in the country to attest for Stage...

eClinicalWorks Sued for Nearly $1B Due to Faulty Patient EHRs

by Kate Monica

eClinicalWorks has been sued for nearly $1 billion in monetary damages for breach of fiduciary duty and gross negligence following claims an individual died of cancer due to faulty patient EHRs. Kristina Tot filed the class action lawsuit against...

Provider Burden the Focus of ONC Health IT Certification Update

by Kate Monica

ONC aims to reduce the burden of the health IT certification program by allowing self-declaration for certain certification criteria and exercising discretion in randomized surveillance requirements, officials from the federal agency announced...

Ensuring Your EHR System Meets MACRA Requirements in 2017

by Kate Monica

With the Quality Payment Program (QPP) under MACRA now in its first year, both healthcare providers and federal agencies such as CMS hope participating hospitals and physician practices are better prepared to meet requirements and avoid payment...

ONC Updated Feedback Form Upholds Health IT Certification Integrity

by Kate Monica

ONC is allowing providers to more easily submit feedback, concerns, and complaints regarding clinical quality measures and health IT products in an effort to uphold the integrity of ONC health IT certification. The newly updated ONC health IT...

ONC Reveals 5 Year Health IT Certification Improvement Plan

by Kate Monica

ONC recently announced plans to implement a five-year plan to alter its health IT certification program to include testing tools developed by the healthcare industry instead of relying on tools financed by tax-payer dollars. The federal agency...

OIG Warns Health IT Companies of False Claims Consequences

by Kate Monica

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently posted a video emphasizing the importance of health IT companies being transparent about the legitimacy of their EHR certifications to avoid false claims.   “If an electronic health...

eClinicalWorks Lawsuit Leads to EHR Replacement for Few Users

by Kate Monica

A new KLAS report surveying customer reactions to the eClinicalWorks $155 million settlement with the Department of Justice (DOJ) found that only 4 percent of customers plan to find a replacement EHR as a result of the settlement. While 66 percent...

EHR Use Cases, Not Certification, Should Drive EHR Selection

by Kate Monica

EHR certification is useful in signaling when certain technology meets industry standards in a test environment. In particular, 2015 edition ONC health IT certification informs providers when a certain technology can be used to earn payments...

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