A Race for MU Certification
In a webinar held yesterday, Mark Anderson, head of AC Consulting Group, and a respected authority on EHR vendors for medical groups and hospitals, reviewed why the new CCHIT certification is important.
To see a full list of vendors who have received either “partial” or “full” certification, see the ONC’s website: http://onc-chpl.force.com/ehrcert
So far, 130 EHR systems have received certification: 85 full or complete status and 45 partial or modular status.
Anderson said a partial or modular certification is like “graduating from kindergarten,” while getting full certification is “getting a college degree.”
Anderson said it is important for medical groups to choose a fully certified vendor because products that receive “modular certification” will not qualify for ARRA Incentive Payments unless they are augmented by one or more secondary products.
Large hospitals that have many vendors may want to deal with several “modular” systems (e.g. emergency department) but medical groups with limited IT staff would be better off with one vendor that is fully certified, Anderson said.
He expects the numbe of fully certified systems to grow from 85 today to about 140 by 2012.