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Is your EHR ready?

If you are not using the certified version of an EHR product, then you will not receive EMR Incentives.

The majority of legacy Electronic Health Record systems require the provider to maintain his or her version of the EHR on their practice-based servers. Many providers purchase a specific version of the software when the initial contract is signed and it may be updated either through on-site updates and training or through authorized updates that vendors push to client computers. These updates may not occur automatically or regularly.

Hundreds of EHR vendors have applied for and achieved ONC-ATCB certification. The first EHR certifications occurred in October 2010. Software delivered before (and frequently after) this time is likely not the certified version. If you are using an uncertified version of a certified brand name, your practice will not qualify for EHR Meaningful Use incentives. For example, if a provider is using version 2.0 of Brand X, but Brand X certified version 4.0 of their product, he or she will NOT achieve Meaningful Use or receive incentive payments.

Upgrading to the certified version of an EHR can be difficult. Plus, there is usually a cost associated with an upgrade to each new version. In the previous example, the provider would need to upgrade first to version 3.0 and then version 4.0 of Brand X. Beyond charging for each upgrade, legacy EHR vendors will generally also charge for support and training using the new version of the product. Training will require significant staff time and attention and may require a provider to close his or her office for one or more days. Many EHR vendors have significant backlogs for upgrades and support, meaning that providers will not be able to get the upgrade for long periods of time.

Web-based EHR vendors such as Practice Fusion offer a distinct advantage. Since the software is securely hosted internet, every Practice Fusion user has the most up-to-date version of the software as soon as it is released. Further, all support is free and on demand through Practice Fusion.

Find out how you can be live in five with Practice Fusion and have access to an EHR that can enable you to achieve Meaningful Use.

Are you using the certified version?

Electronic Health Record Product Certified Version

Allscripts MyWay EHR

v9

EpicCare Ambulatory – Core EHR

2010

Quest Care 360

2010.2

GE Centricity EMR

v9.5

eClinicalWorks

v8.0.48

e-MDs Solution Series

v7

NextGen Ambulatory EHR

v5.6 SP1

This EHR Module is 2011/2012 compliant and has been certified by an ONC-ATCB in accordance with the applicable certification criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. This certification does not represent an endorsement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services or guarantee the receipt of incentive payments. Practice Fusion was certified October 18, 2010, Certification ID number 10182010-9527-1, for Clinical Quality Measures: 170.302 (c), 170.302 (d) 170.302 (e), 170.302 (f)(1), 170.302 (f)(2), 170.302 (f)(3) 170.302 (o), 170.302 (p), 170.302 (q), 170.302 (r), 170.302 (s), 170.302 (t), 170.302 (u), 170.302 (v), 170.304 (b)