February 18, 2007 (PRLEAP.COM) Health News
The Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHITSM) today announced that MedInformatix is CCHIT CertifiedSM for its product, MedInformatix version 6.0 and meets CCHIT ambulatory electronic health record (EHR) criteria for 2006. Ambulatory EHRs are designed for physician offices and clinics where most Americans get their healthcare. CCHIT is a Recognized Certification Body in the United States for certifying health information technology – an independent, non-profit organization that sets the benchmark for electronic health records.

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

i. functionality (ability to create and manage electronic records for all patients, as well as automating workflow in a physician’s office),

ii. interoperability (a first step in the ability to receive and send electronic data to other entities such as laboratories), and

iii. 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.

“Physician 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.”

“MedInformatix is proud to be one of the few EMR software packages to become CCHIT CertifiedSM. Our company has always strived to not only meet but exceed industry standards and to remain a leader in the healthcare software industry.” Tom McGonigle, CEO of MedInformatix, Inc. went on to comment, “We believe this certification process will help physician practices save time during the selection process of their EMR solutions and give them confidence that they are purchasing a comprehensive system.”

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 MedInformatix
MedInformatix is a privately owned practice management and electronic medical records corporation. It has been providing physician practices with a comprehensive solution since 1994.

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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.

For more information, press only:

Michele I. Jones, MedInformatix, Inc., 310-348-7367

Sue Reber, CCHIT, 503-703-0813