Advanced Data Systems' MedicsDocAssistant™ Receives CCHIT Certification

February 13, 2007 (PRLEAP.COM) Health News
February 2007 – The Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHITSM) today announced that Advanced Data Systems is CCHIT CertifiedSM for its product, MedicsDocAssistant™ version 3.0.

As a CCHIT Certified product, MedicsDocAssistant has been tested and passed inspection of 100 percent of a comprehensive set of criteria for:

* Functionality (ability to create and manage electronic records for all patients, as well as automating workflow in a physician's office),
* Interoperability (a first step in the ability to receive and send electronic data to other entities such as laboratories), and
* Security (ability to keep patients' information safe).

The CCHIT Certified mark – a "seal of approval" for EHR products – provides the first consensus-based, consistent benchmark for ambulatory products. By looking to products with the CCHIT Certified seal, physicians and other providers can be assured they are making a reliable investment and insurers and other payers know the products meet expected industry standards.

"Physicians who purchase certified products have the assurance that they have been reviewed by a panel of judges, including practicing physicians, and that they are being evaluated against standards set by professionals in the field and successfully piloted with products from large and small companies," said Mark Leavitt, M.D., Ph.D., chair, CCHIT. "The quality and safety of EHR products can now be measured using certification criteria that were developed specifically for that purpose."

"We are extremely pleased and proud of MedicsDocAssistant's CCHIT certification. This is a milestone achievement and, we believe a testament to the product's capabilities," said Surya Kuchimanchi, Vice President of EHR Software Development at Advanced Data Systems. Mr. Kuchimanchi added that "Everyone on the ADS Research and Development team has once again shown their ability and talent to formulate and construct software to meet the highest standards of the industry."

Marc E. Klar, ADS Director of Marketing notes that "we believe CCHIT certification really exemplifies MedicsDocAssistant's reputation as a top-shelf solution for automating patient encounters, reducing paperwork, and bringing new levels of efficiency to the medical office."

The goals of CCHIT product certification are to reduce the risk of HIT investment by physicians and other providers; ensure interoperability of HIT products; enhance the availability of HIT adoption incentives from purchasers and payers; and protect the privacy of personal health information.

CCHIT's certification compliance criteria and its design for a certification inspection process have been thoroughly researched, taking into account the state of the art of EHRs and available standards, and comparing certification processes in other industries and other countries. The inspection process is based on real-life medical scenarios designed to test products rigorously against the clinical needs of providers and the quality and safety needs of healthcare consumers and payers. One script, for example, recreates a scenario of an elderly man with poorly controlled diabetes, hypertension and other chronic conditions in order to test EHR functions such as potential adverse drug reactions, disease management and treatment plans.

About Advanced Data Systems
Since 1977, Advanced Data Systems (ADS) has been providing automation solutions to medical practices of every size and specialty. Our suite of products includes MedicsDocAssistant™ for Electronic Health Records, MedicsElite™ and MedicsPremier™ for Practice Management, and the MedicsRIS™ for Radiology. These HIPAA and NPI compliant systems represent unified solutions to the medical practice. Several of our systems can often be obtained separately and then be interfaced to existing systems. Our solutions are produced by us. ADS is not second or third party vendor of other companies’ products. Onsite Training and ongoing Support are provided by employees of ADS, and ADS Support also includes all updates and required changes at no additional cost to the client. ADS is a Microsoft™ Gold Certified Business Partner, an IBM™ Business Partner, and a Corporate Member of MGMA™, PAHCOM™ and RBMA™. Over 35,000 physicians rely on automated systems from ADS. More information on our company and solutions can be seen at

The Certification Committee for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHITSM), founded in 2004, is an independent, nonprofit organization. Its mission is to accelerate the adoption of robust, interoperable health information technology by creating an efficient, credible and sustainable product certification program. CCHIT accomplishes its work through contributions of hundreds of expert volunteers and constructive engagement by stakeholders throughout the health care industry. In September 2005, CCHIT was awarded a contract by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to develop, create prototypes for, and evaluate the certification criteria and inspection process for EHRs and the networks through which they interoperate. In October 2006, CCHIT was deemed a Recognized Certification Body by the Department of Health and Human Services. More information on CCHIT and CCHIT CertifiedSM products is available at "CCHITSM" and "CCHIT CertifiedSM" are service marks of the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology.