A new mark for certified electronic health records technology was unveiled by the HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology . The mark, pictured to the left, will appear on EHR products that have been certified by an ONC-Authorized Certification Body and will indicate that the product meets the 2014 Edition Standards and Certification Criteria.
“We’ve reached the tipping point of doctors adopting electronic health record systems and using them to improve patient care,” said Farzad Mostashari, M.D., national coordinator for health information technology. “The use of the ONC Certified HIT mark will help to assure them that the EHR they have purchased will support them in meeting the Meaningful Use requirements.”
When the mark is associated with a certified “Complete EHR” it means that the EHR technology can be used without modification to achieve Meaningful Use. A certified EHR module may be combined with other modules to make a complete system. Some modules may include the ability to:
- Create a standard patient summary care record;
- Securely transmit summary care records using Direct, a tool created through an ONC-led collaboration with broad health IT industry participation, that allows for the secure exchange of health information over the Internet; and
- Provide patients with online access to view, download, and transmit their health information to destinations of their choice.
ONC-ACBs will begin to issue the mark to certified EHR products immediately, so expect to see a lot of it on vendor websites.
SOURCE: ONC Health Information Technology