Looking for that EMR seal of approval

Article

For many physicians-especially those in small practices-investing in electronic medical record (EMR) systems can be daunting. Many are reluctant to sink a large sum of money into a system that may not meet their needs. Now, the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology has taken steps to ease physicians' concerns: It has created benchmark criteria for ambulatory EMRs and certified products from 20 vendors. Last year, CCHIT, a private consortium, received a 3-year, $2.7 million contract from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to develop criteria for evaluating and certifying EMRs. So far, CCHIT has developed about 340 standards to assess how well an EMR system functions, keeps information secure, and interacts with other systems to, say, receive laboratory results. For 2006, vendors must meet 152 of these standards for certification and can use the remaining standards as a roadmap for improvements to their products.

For many physicians-especially those in small practices-investing in electronic medical record (EMR) systems can be daunting. Many are reluctant to sink a large sum of money into a system that may not meet their needs. Now, the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology has taken steps to ease physicians' concerns: It has created benchmark criteria for ambulatory EMRs and certified products from 20 vendors. Last year, CCHIT, a private consortium, received a 3-year, $2.7 million contract from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to develop criteria for evaluating and certifying EMRs. So far, CCHIT has developed about 340 standards to assess how well an EMR system functions, keeps information secure, and interacts with other systems to, say, receive laboratory results. For 2006, vendors must meet 152 of these standards for certification and can use the remaining standards as a roadmap for improvements to their products.

It's hoped that the CCHIT seal of approval will make it easier for physicians to decide whether to implement EMR systems in their practices. Of course, checking for certification should be just the first step. It "doesn't mean that if [physicians] pick a certified product that they are guaranteed to find the right product for their practice," Steven Waldren, MD, assistant director of the American Academy of Family Physicians' Center for Health Information Technology, told American Medical News (8/7/2006).

For a list of CCHIT's certified products, visit http://www.cchit.org/.

Related Videos
Addressing racial and ethnic disparities in brachial plexus birth Injury | Image Credit: shrinerschildrens.org
Innovations in prenatal care: Insights from ACOG 2024 | Image Credit:  uofmhealth.org.
Unlocking therapeutic strategies for menopausal cognitive decline | Image Credit: uclahealth.org.
Navigating menopause care: Expert insights from ACOG 2024 | Image Credit: mayo.edu.
raanan meyer, md
New data shows elinzanetant's efficacy in treating menopausal symptoms | Image Credit: uvahealth.com
© 2024 MJH Life Sciences

All rights reserved.