Announcing the First Products Certified Under ICSA Labs' EHR Program
March 31, 2011
By Amit Trivedi, ICSA Labs, Program Manager-Healthcare

ICSA Labs has expanded its offerings to include the testing of Health Information Technology (HIT) products. My name is Amit Trivedi, and I'm managing the health care program. While I'm new to ICSA Labs, I have been working in the health IT and security fields for many years - managing and auditing systems, developing criteria to test products, and advocating HIT standards and interoperability. I'm happy to be on board, and even happier to announce the first products certified under our 2011/2012 ONC-ATCB EHR program.

 

The following products were certified as Ambulatory EHR Modules:  

·         Design Clinicals: MedsTracker version 5.0, 

·         Colonial Valley Software:  Lectronic Practice Suite version 2.02.0.1 and

·         OEMR: OpenEMR 4.

 

Design Clinicals MedsTracker version 5.0 also earned an Inpatient EHR Module Certification. 

 

ONC-ATCB? So many acronyms...so little time. This one especially is quite the mouthful and a darling of marketing departments everywhere. For what it's worth, I didn't make it up.

 

ONC-ATCB = Office of the National Coordinator - Authorized Testing and Certification Body. The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) is a department within the Office of the Secretary for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), charged with coordinating nationwide efforts to adopt and implement health information technology and spur the electronic exchange of health information. 

 

ICSA Labs was named by ONC as one of the most recently approved ATCBs. As such, we're authorized to test Electronic Health Record (EHR) technologies for compliance against test criteria developed by NIST. These criteria establish a baseline for clinical functionalities, interoperability, privacy, and security to support meeting meaningful use requirements. 

 

If you haven't been following this stuff for the last year and a half - and even if you have - it can be enough to make your head spin. Over the next few weeks and months I'll try and elaborate on the ONC-ATCB program by highlighting some of the various test criteria, health IT standards,  trends, and topics as they relate to health IT.  

 

In the meantime, feel free to send us any questions or comments—including entering products into testing—you may have at ehr@icsalabs.com.

 

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