Certified EHR technology
Define EHR. What is EHR? What does
EHR stand for?
EHR is an Electronic Health Record System.
The system can securely maintain all patient
information, provide reporting for all aspects of the
health care industry, exchange data securely with
external systems and databases and provide information
used to maintain the health and well-being of employees
with in organizations and companies within the United
DataPipe is a complete EHR solution that meets all the
criteria for the 2009 government stimulus program that
provides money to US companies and organizations to
implement these systems.
In 2009 the stimulus package has allocated roughly 20
billion dollars to assist health clinics in the united
states to adopt certified EHR technology to help manage
their healthcare information and record keeping.
In order to qualify for this money an organization
implementing this information management software must
qualify as a “meaningful EHR user”. The criteria
to become a “meaningful EHR user” is listed below
(this is subject to change over 2009 as the government
determines the qualifications for distributing funds to
help support implantation of data management solutions
for health care in the united states).
- The physician must use “certified EHR
technology” in a meaningful manner, including
electronic prescribing. The law calls for creation
of a health information technology (HIT) Policy
Committee, and an HIT Standards Committee. The HIT
Policy Committee will focus on development of a
nationwide health information infrastructure, while
the HIT Standards Committee will recommend
standards, implementation specifications and
certification criteria. The Office of the National
Coordinator for Health Information Technology
(ONCHIT) is to adopt an initial set of standards,
implementation specifications and certification
criteria before December 31, 2009.
- The physician must demonstrate that the
certified EHR technology is connected in a manner
that provides for the electronic exchange of health
information to improve the quality of health care,
such as promoting care coordination.
- The physician must submit information on
clinical quality measures specified by HHS.
How can DataPipe EHS Software Help?
DataPipe meets all the requirements for a government
certified EHR solution. DataPipe has
discrete data and reporting capabilities to provide the
type of patient documentation and reporting you will
need to provide to the government to prove “use” of the
Learn more about the DataPipe occupational health and
medical records suite of modules and reporting options.
Please contact DataPipe USA today and ask to see an
online demonstration of our occupational health and
medical records suite.
What is CCHIT? Define CCHIT.
Certification Commission for Healthcare Information
Technology (CCHIT) is a private not-for-profit
organization that serves as the recognized US
certification authority for
electronic health records (EHR) and their
networks. CCHIT was founded in 2004 with support
from three leading industry associations in healthcare
information management and technology: the
American Health Information Management Association
Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society
National Alliance for Health Information Technology(the
Alliance). In September 2005, CCHIT was awarded a 3-year
contract by the U.S.
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to
develop and evaluate the certification criteria and
inspection process for EHRs and the networks through
which they interoperate. In October 2006, HHS officially
designated CCHIT as a Recognized Certification Body
Read more here:
Learn about CCHIT's certification
Ask these questions before choosing a certified EHRs
What are some of the questions that a physician should
ask an EHR company before purchasing its CCHIT certified
Tell me about your company. How long have you been in
business? How many employees
do you have doing development and offering technical
How many physician practices do you serve? What
size are they? May I speak with a few of them?
How do you license your product—for a term or
perpetually, by physician or user?
What are your maintenance or support fees? Do they cover
What are your service policies and guarantees?
In addition to what I can expect from CCHIT Certified
interoperability, what will I pay for other
desired interfaces to products or sources of
Are there third-party costs for modules or components
bundled with your product? Will I need to buy some
third-party products independently to make your product
Tell me about your implementation and training services.
What do they cost?
How long will it take until my practice is
successfully up and running using your product?
What are your plans for staying up-to-date with CCHIT’s