ICSA Labs Certifies First Hospital Under Its Electronic Health Record Testing Program
(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) LAS VEGAS, Feb. 21 -- Verizon issued the following news release: At the HIMSS Conference (http://www.himssconference.org/) on Tuesday (Feb. 21), ICSA Labs announced its first certification of an IT system that is currently deployed by a hospital. The hospital, Via Christi Health, earned the certification under ICSA Labs' electronic health record program. Previous certifications had been limited to commercial off-the-shelf and open-source solutions.
Via Christi Health, which provides a network of health care services via hospitals, doctors, specialty clinics and senior centers in Wichita and south central Kansas, demonstrated that its custom software is compliant with standards set forth by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (http://healthit.hhs.gov/portal/server.pt?open=512&mode=2&objID=2999) for electronic health records. This certification from ICSA Labs demonstrates that Via Christi Health's software follows patient-care best practices and enables the secure exchange of patient records.
Via Christi Health uses its internally developed health IT software to help manage patient records throughout its facilities. In preparing to earn its ONC certification, Via Christi Health had to decide whether to invest in new software that was already certified or to certify and use the custom software the hospital system already had in place.
"Certifying our own software not only proved more cost effective for Via Christi Health, it was significantly less disruptive for our doctors and caregivers," said Dave Gestenslager, application architecture manager, Via Christi Health. "Instead of asking our doctors to switch to a new solution, our physicians were able to continue to use software with which they were already familiar. This enabled them to focus on delivering excellent patient care, instead of learning new technology." Amit Trivedi, health care program manager, ICSA Labs, said: "By certifying its own software versus transitioning to new software, Via Christi Health is a great example of how certification for electronic health records promotes technology use in a meaningful way to allow for better economics and improved access to patient information. The testing of custom EHR solutions for eligible providers and hospitals like Via Christi Health enables physicians and staff to effectively use certified health technology." ICSA Labs is designated as an Authorized Testing and Certification Body (http://healthit.hhs.gov/portal/server.pt?open=512&mode=2&objID=3120) by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, and is authorized to test complete EHR solutions as well as modular ones that address a specific IT function. To learn more or enter a product into the testing process, visit ICSA Labs' Electronic Health Record Testing and Certification (https://www.icsalabs.com/technology-program/onc-ehr) page.
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