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Medical Software Associates EMR Software Of Choice, Suite Med EMR, Receives CCHIT Certification
Software complies with 100 percent of certification criteria

The Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHITSM) today announced that the Suite Med EMR meets the CCHIT ambulatory electronic health record (EHR) criteria for 2008. Ambulatory EHR programs are designed for doctors offices and medical clinics, where most North Americans receive health care services.

The CCHIT is a recognized health information technology certification body in the United States. This group is a wholly independent not-for-profit organization which sets the standards for electronic health records.

To become a CCHIT certified product, the Suite Med EMR system has been tested and passed inspection of 100 percent of a comprehensive set of criteria for:

Functionality: This includes the ability to create and manage electronic medical records for all patients, as well as the ability to automate physician office workflow.

Interoperability: Critical in the ability to send and accept electronic data to other healthcare entities such as laboratories.

Security: Including the ability to safeguard patient information and data.

The CCHIT Certified mark - an industry "seal of approval" for EHR software products - provides the first consistent, consensus-based benchmark for ambulatory products. By seeking out products with the CCHIT Certified seal, doctors and other healthcare providers can be assured they are making a safe and reliable investment, and that insurers and other payers know that their software systems 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."

CCHIT product certification goals include reducing the risk of HIT investment by physicians and other providers, ensuring interoperability of HIT products, enhancing the availability of HIT adoption incentives from purchasers and payers and protecting the privacy of personal health information.

CCHIT's certification inspection process design and compliance criteria have been thoroughly researched. This process and criteria take into account current EHR standards and compare other certification processes in other industries and countries. The inspection process is based on real-life medical situations designed to test products rigorously against the clinical needs of providers and the quality and safety needs of healthcare consumers and payers.

One example script recreates a scenario featuring an elderly male with poorly controlled diabetes, hypertension and other chronic medical conditions in order to test the EHR product's functions such as potential adverse drug reactions, disease management and treatment plans.

About The Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology

CCHIT was founded in 2004 with support from three leading industry associations in healthcare information management and technology - The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and The National Alliance for Health Information Technology (Alliance). 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.

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