EHR Healthcare Services and Testing

Money has for many years been pointed to as one of the hardest-to-clear hurdles en route to greater use of computers in healthcare

Now, however, through the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), the federal government is encouraging the use of electronic health records (EHRs) by providing billions of dollars in incentives to healthcare providers.

The catch: Providers must demonstrate that they are using these systems in a "meaningful" manner. The catch on top of this first catch: Providers must use systems that are "certified" as capable of providing the features and functionality that can lead to this meaningful use.

And, that's where we come in. In 2012, we were accredited as an Authorized Certification Body (ACB) and an Accredited Test Lab (ATL) within the Office of the National Coordinator Health IT Certification Program. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) oversaw the accreditation for the certification bodies as an ONC-Approved Accreditors (ONC-AA). The National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP), a division of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), manages the accreditation program for the testing bodies. As an ACB and ATL, Drummond Group's role will continue to focus primarily on working closely with healthcare information technology developers to test and/or certify their EHR software for use by healthcare providers looking to qualify for incentive funds.

We are approved to test and certify any complete or modular EHR, developed for either ambulatory or inpatient use. Drummond Group tests systems that are developed by healthcare information technology vendors, as well as solutions that are developed or configured by hospitals.

In the ONC Health IT Certification Program, you now have the choice to register for Drummond Group testing, Drummond Certification or both testing and certification. The options are yours to choose – this means it is now possible to change to another testing lab and/or certification body. Through the registration process, your company will be asked to register for testing and certification.

Obviously, we believe Drummond Group is the right choice because:

  • We offer incentives to test AND certify with us. The “continuity of care” between the Drummond Test Lab and the Drummond Certification Body – same knowledgeable people
  • Drummond Group’s accredited EHR Test Lab and Certification Body has tested and certified more than 1,500 EHR products
  • Products tested and/or certified by Drummond Group can be used by eligible providers and hospitals as part of their criteria for qualifying for Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) incentive payments

Leveraging more than a decade's worth of interoperability, conformance testing and certification experience in multiple industries, we deliver highly effective, cost-effective software testing services. Such experience is especially important in healthcare as IT vendors need to offer systems that are capable of meeting the meaningful use standards required to obtain incentive funds as well as the rich functionality required to move clinical care forward.

Do you have additional questions about our EHR testing services?

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EHR Registration 

EHR Testing and Certification FAQ: 2015 Edition

EHR Testing and Certification FAQ: 2014 Edition

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Product Transfers, Surveillance Compliance, and Getting a “Quick Start” Guide to 2015 Edition Certification

Having all your certifications with one Certification Body is beneficial to both your team and your clients. Any inquiries, complaints, surveillance requirement updates, and ONC notices should come from one place. That’s why Drummond Group developed a Surveillance Manager tool to assist our clients with staying up to date on quarterly attestations and regulations.

 

This webinar will cover:

  • The advantages of consolidating all your certifications with one Certification Body.
  • Drummond Group’s exclusive Surveillance Manager Tool that will keep you up to date and compliant on quarterly attestations and new regulations. It will also allow you to easily respond to all client inquiries and complaints, and provide you with real-time ONC updates, notices and deadlines from one location.
  • How to take advantage of the new “Quick Start” guide to get you well on your way to meeting the 12/31/17 certification deadline.
  • How you can receive unlimited access to your own dedicated proctor who will guide you through every step of the testing process. Your experienced proctor will provide you technical expertise, access to our knowledge base and proctor test scripts.
 

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