EHR & EMR

Certified EHR Technology

What is Certified EHR, and Why is it Important?


EHR or EMR software that is certified by ONC-ATCB is called Certified Electronic Health Records Technology, or CEHRT. … You must use a certified EHR to qualify for Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs. In order to adhere to Medicare and Medicaid requirements (and to qualify for incentive programs), an EHR system must meet a set of requirements, and then further, a medical practice or organization must put those features appropriately to use.

Certification offers quality assurance that the software used has the needed capabilities, security, and usability needed by a health care provider to reach the criteria to be categorized as meaningful use. It also provides confidence for health care providers and patients alike that their electronically stored information is safe and securely held in confidentiality even when there is coordination with other healthcare systems for information sharing.

Who Certifies EHR Technology?

The requirements for certified EHR technology are generated and regulated by the federal government. Both the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) as well as the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) determine the regulatory requirements for certified EHR systems.

General Certification Criteria


In order to adhere to Medicare and Medicaid requirements (and to qualify for incentive programs), an EHR system must meet a set of requirements, and  possess the following functionalities:

(a) Drug-drug, drug-allergy interaction checks

(b) Drug formulary checks

(c) Maintain up-to-date problem list

(d) Maintain active medication list
(e) Maintain active medication allergy list

(f) Record and chart vital signs

(1) Vital signs

(2) Calculate body mass index

(3) Plot and display growth charts

(g) Smoking status

(h) Incorporate laboratory test results

(i) Generate patient lists

(j) Medication reconciliation

(k) Submission to immunization registries

(l) Public health surveillance

(m) Patient-specific education resources

(n) Automated measure calculation

(o) Access control

(p) Emergency access

(q) Automatic log-off

(r) Audit log

(s) Integrity

(t) Authentication

(u) General encryption

(v) Encryption when exchanging electronic health information

(w) Accounting of disclosures (optional)


Ambulatory Certification Criteria

(a) Computerized provider order entry

(b) Electronic Prescribing

(c) Record demographics

(d) Patient reminders

(e) Clinical decision support

(f) Electronic copy of health information

(g) Timely access

(h) Clinical summaries

(i) Exchange clinical information and patient summary record

(j) Calculate and submit clinical quality measures

Conclusion

Functionality, adaptability, ease of use, good customer support, and an easy learning curve are important considerations when choosing the right CEHRT for a practice. Affordability and easily accessible billing and scheduling are necessary to make this technology practical. By using the cloud and sophisticated integrations of the patient and billing systems,Tekrapy Fusion addresses these issues, making an EHR that is both practical, highly functional, and cost-effective.