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In an unprecedented move, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has revoked the certifications of two electronic health record systems that had been certified for providers to use to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive programs.
In an unprecedented move, the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health Information Technology has revoked the certifications of two electronic health record (EHR) systems that had been certified for providers to use to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive programs. Farzad Mostashari, MD, the national coordinator, said that the products do not meet required standards.
The systems were indentified as EHRMagic-Ambulatory and EHRMagic-Inpatient, both developed by EHRMagic Inc. of Santa Fe Springs, California. They must be certified by an certification body (ACB) authorized by the ONC before regaining certification.
Both the ONC and an ONC ACB, InfoGard Laboratories Inc., received notifications that the two products should not have passed certification because they did not meet the required functionality. InfoGard analyzed the additional information from the notification and contacted EHRMagic, launching the ONC authorized certification body required surveillance activities. InfoGard concluded that it was necessary for the EHR products to be retested for select requirements. EHRMagic, Inc. participated in retesting and failed.
“We and our certification bodies take complaints and our follow up seriously," Mostashari said. "By revoking the certification of these EHR products, we are making sure that certified EHR products meet the requirements to protect patients and providers. Because EHRMagic was unable to show that their EHR products met ONC’s certification requirements, their EHRs will no longer be certified under the ONC HIT certification program.”
Information about the ONC’s certification process for EHR technologies is available at /www.healthit.gov/providers-professionals/certification-process-ehr-technologies.