What is EHR Certification?
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) Health IT Certification Program is a voluntary certification program established by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT to provide for the certification of health IT standards, implementation specifications and certification criteria. In order to capture and share patient data efficiently, providers need an EHR that stores data in a structured format. Structured data allows patient information to be easily retrieved and transferred, and it allows the provider to use the EHR in ways that can aid patient care. Certified EHR technology gives assurance to purchasers and other users that an EHR system or module offers the necessary technological capability, functionality, and security to help them meet the meaningful use criteria.
We’re ONC Certified as a 2014 Meaningful Use Complete EHR
We are pleased to announce that Practice Fusion EHR Version 3.6 has been certified as a Meaningful Use Complete EHR. Check out our Meaningful Use Center for answers to questions you may have.
Practice Fusion EHR Version 3.6 – 2014 Edition
The Practice Fusion EHR is a Complete EHR for Ambulatory care certified as 2014 Edition compliant by an ONC-ACB in accordance with the applicable certification criteria adopted by the Secretary of the U.S. Department 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 payment.
Vendor: Practice Fusion
Product Version: Practice Fusion EHR versions 3.1 through 3.6
Date Certified: 01/17/2014
Effective Date: 2014 Edition
Criteria Certified: Complete EHR – Ambulatory
Certification ID Number(s):
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Modules Tested and Certified:
170.314(a)(1-15); 170.314(b)(1-5, 7); 170.314(c)(1-3); 170.314(d)(1-8); 170.314(e)(1-3); 170.314(f)(1-3); 170.314(g)(2-4)
Tested and Certified Clinical Quality Measures:
CMS002v3; CMS022v2; CMS050v2; CMS068v3; CMS069v2; CMS090v3; CMS122v2; CMS123v2; CMS124v2; CMS125v2; CMS126v2; CMS127v2 CMS130v2; CMS131v2; CMS138v2; CMS139v2; CMS144v2; CMS147v2; CMS149v2; CMS153v2; CMS155v2; CMS156v2; CMS163v2; CMS164v2; CMS165v2; CMS166v3; CMS182v3
Clinical Quality Measures Certified:
CMS2, CMS50, CMS68, CMS69, CMS90, CMS122, CMS123, CMS130, CMS131, CMS138, CMS156, CMS165, CMS166
Additional Software Required: Updox Direct 2014 is bundled with the Practice Fusion EHR. While it is listed as “Additional Software” in the CHPL and in the Practice Fusion certificate of compliance, there is no requirement for Practice Fusion EHR users to purchase any additional services or software from Updox to make use of the features in the ONC certified EHR.
Additional costs: This product does not have any fees associated with the ONC certified features including those features required to use the ONC certified features.
Contracting requirements: There are no contracting requirements to use the product.
Third party software or service requirements: There are no requirements to use third party products or services to use the ONC certified features.
Limitations: There are no contractual limitations related to the certified product that would limit the user’s ability to use any of the ONC certified features.
The Practice Fusion EHR is certified according to the criteria in 170.315(b)(7) data portability. In order to avoid stress on the product, the ability to generate CCDA’s in bulk for all patients is enabled by request only. Users can contact Practice Fusion support at any time to request access to the feature, and access is generally granted within 24 hours of the request. A change is planned for Mid-June, 2016 that will remove this limitation to ensure that the Practice Fusion EHR is fully compliant with ONC certification guidelines.
The Practice Fusion EHR is certified according to the criteria in 170.314(e)(1) transfer of care. In order for a provider to qualify for this measure they must be able to submit summaries of care to a third party via a direct message as a referral. Practice Fusion has partnered with Updox to provide the Direct messaging capability. Updox is a member of the DirectTrust HISP which means that providers can send referrals to any provider is also using a product that is a member of the DirectTrust HISP.
The Practice Fusion EHR is certified according to the criteria in 170.314(f)(2) transmission to immunization registries and 170.314(f)(3) transmission to public health agencies – syndromic surveillance. Presently Practice Fusion is connected with all public health states and regions for submission of immunization data, however, is not currently connected with any states or regions for syndromic surveillance. In order to submit data for syndromic surveillance, the provider can download the syndromic surveillance file and upload it to the appropriate public health registry manually.
With the changes to the Certification Guidelines with 2014 Release 2 in October of 2015, and the updated CMS guidelines for Objective 10 for 2016 eligible providers are required to submit clinical data to 2 of 4 available options within the objective. This includes submitting data to Immunization, Syndromic Surveillance, Cancer and Specialty registries. Given that Practice Fusion is only certified for the first two items (Immunizations and Syndromic Surveillance), providers are limited to using the other certified features for manually creating clinical summaries in either 170.314(b)(7) data portability or 170.314(e)(2) clinical summaries and then manually transferring those documents to the cancer or specialized registries. Alternatively, the provider could use the referral features to send a referral summary document to a registry that is enabled with a DIRECT address according to the 170.314(e)(1) transfer of care certification requirements.