Overview

Healthcare IT Certification

KPi-Tech Services believe in adaptable and results-driven, value-based care models. To ensure competency of our caregivers, professional certification may be required. We as Healthcare IT professionals have extensive knowledge and understanding about the certifications that are mandatory in the care field today. We contribute to a culture of continuous shared learning and improvement by helping care bodies participating in the certification programs. Best practices and standards may be developed within these programs. We help healthcare professionals to care better and be more efficient, which is the most valuable tool today and this enhances affordable healthcare management. The U.S. healthcare industry is regulated under mandates established by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HSS) and Office of Civil Rights (OCR) resulting principally from the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and administrative simplification provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and other regulating entities and mandates. KPi-Tech commits to assure the ever-revolutionizing change of healthcare products and services according to industry and regulatory requirements and expectations. In the process, we help the healthcare institutions that provide software to hospitals and labs to certify their application with the certification bodies.

ONC

ONC (Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology) is an entity within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service. ONC issued its Standards and Certification Criteria Final Rule on July 13, 2010. The criteria establish the required standards and capabilities that certified EHR technology must have to achieve meaningful use stage 1. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a companion rule on July 28, 2010, which established the minimum requirements healthcare providers must meet to qualify for payments under the center's EHR Incentive Program.

ONC also established a voluntary Health IT Certification Program that provides for the certification of health IT standards. The agency does not test or issue certifications itself; ONC collaborates with organizations that it has authorized to act on its behalf. One such collaborator is ICSA Labs, which the ONC has authorized to certify Complete and Modular EHR technology for ambulatory and inpatient organizations.

Why is ONC Certification Important?

The ONC Health IT Certification Program has become an important part of the health IT ecosystem. The program focuses on standards to facilitate improved health data interoperability for patient access and care. ONC (Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology) promotes a national health information technology (HIT) infrastructure and manages its development. In the wake of a $155 million settlement with eClinicalWorks following allegations of fraudulently receiving ONC certification, providers cannot be too careful when evaluating vendors and their products.

While providers should consider several factors when making an EHR selection decision, one helpful indicator of a high quality system is a stamp of approval from the ONC Health IT Certification Program.

ONC health certification provides product demonstrations, provider feedback, reference calls, and site visits. The certification programs help healthcare organizations to choose the right direction when searching for a reliable EHR system.

CCHIT

The Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT) is an independent group that certifies electronic health records (EHR) and networks for health information exchange (HIE) in the United States. Products certified by CCHIT standards have been examined for functionality, compatibility with other Health IT, and security.

Types of health IT that can be CCHIT Certified include:

  • Ambulatory
  • Inpatient
  • Emergency department
  • Behavioral health
  • Long Term and Post Acute Care
  • Electronic prescriptions
Why is CCHIT certification important?
The CCHIT is the Certification Commission for Health care Information Technology. The certification sets a standard for EHR programs and technology. It makes sure our information is kept secure and private from those who are not intended to see it, they make sure that the information is easily attainable for those who do need it. They offer incentives for switching to the use of EHR . By setting a standard the CCHIT ensures that healthcare institutions have met the minimum requirements expected of the field.

How can KPi help?

KPi-Tech with the aid of these certifications satisfy medical or practice requirements in order to meet clinicians’ long-term needs for integrated functionality, interoperability and security. KPi-Tech Services have a deep understanding of these certifications and guidelines and these add a great value to the care institutions. KPi-Tech takes pride in helping healthcare organizations that work directly with (ONC-ATCB), ONC authorized testing and certification bodies like Drummond, ICSA Labs, InfoGard Laboratories, Inc., and SLI Compliance and (ONC-ATL), ONC authorized testing labs. ONC-ATCB approves healthcare IT products based on the results from ONC-ATL.
  • KPi-Tech through ONC and CCHIT certification programs focuses on creating interoperability between health systems to improve the quality of healthcare
  • Help manage clients reduce costs
  • Improve the coordination of care and information among hospitals, labs, physicians and other healthcare organizations.
  • Ensure that personal health records (PHR) remain secure
  • Promote the early detection, prevention and management of chronic illness
  • Transform patient safety, clinical efficiency, and clinical trials performance

Let us know how we can help you achieve your certification