Submitted by scales on Wed, 02/28/2007 - 9:42

NCG Medical’s dChart EMR Receives CCHIT Certification

Software complies with 100 percent of certification criteria.

Altamonte Springs, FL

The Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHITSM) today announced that NCG Medical is CCHIT CertifiedSM for its product, dChart EMR 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 the recognized authority in the United States for certifying EHR products - an independent, nonprofit, public/private organization that sets the benchmark for healthcare information technology.

As a CCHIT Certified product, NCG’s dChart EMR has been tested and passed inspection of 100 percent of a comprehensive set of criteria for: functionality (ability to create and manage electronic records for all patients, as well as automating workflow in a physician's office) interoperability (ability to receive and send electronic data to other entities such as laboratories) and 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."

The CCHIT was formed to accelerate the adoption of health information technology by creating an efficient, credible and sustainable product certification program. Today's announcement is another successful step in that plan. "NCG is extremely excited to be named in this announcement," said Antonio O. Arias, Vice President of Business Development for NCG Medical. "Our company is focused on being a leader in the field of Health Information Technology and we see this certification as a ratification of that goal."

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 NCG Medical

NCG Medical is one of North America's fastest growing Health Information Technology Companies for out patient clinics. NCG’s Document Management, Electronic Medical Record (EMR) and Practice Management solutions are designed to help physicians, clinics and other healthcare organizations more efficiently manage their operations and patient records NCG's products and services offer physicians in United States leading edge functionality for clinical documentation, patient scheduling, resource scheduling, billing, transcription, end to end coding and claims processing, data management, work flow tools, laboratory interfaces along with other real time services. The company's proprietary offerings of software include Perfect Care Practice Management, dChart Document Management amd dChart EMR, providing physicians with fully integrated, simple to use system that automates daily tasks and creates a single accessible source of patient data.

About CCHIT

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. More information on CCHIT and a list of CCHIT Certified products is available at www.cchit.org.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:

NCG Medical
Antonio Arias
(407) 788-1906 x405 or c. (407) 467-5797
a.arias@ncgmedical.com
or
CCHIT
C. Sue Reber
(503) 703-0813
sreber@cchit.org

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