ONC-ATCB Certified EHR Breakdown

Many people were worried that we wouldn’t have many certified EHR available for 2011. I wasn’t one of those people, but they were out there. Seems to me that this really won’t be an issue at all. There’s 130 partial or complete EHR companies on the official ONC certified EHR list. That’s a lot of software and it’s only the beginning of December. I expect we’ll have 200 or so more ONC-ATCB certified EHR software by the first quarter of 2011.

The good people at HITECH Answers have done the hard work putting together the number of systems certified. Check out the numbers:
85 Complete EHR
– 65 Ambulatory systems
– 20 Inpatient systems
45 Modular EHR
– 27 Ambulatory systems
– 18 Inpatient systems

That’s right. 65 Complete Certified Ambulatory EHR. 27 other modular certified EHR and I’m sure that many of those are just doing the modular as a stepping stone to the full certification.

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  • Yup. I was one of the doubters.

    Do we know how many apps have failed to gain their certification at least or initially … or who still have not passed despite multiple attempts?

    You know what I’m thinking.

  • Don B,
    I haven’t seen any data in that regard. Although, it would be surprising if someone couldn’t pass. It is after all an open book test.

  • Aahhh… so it’s true!

    If it was an “open book test” that everyone passed… then that 6 month long wait for ONC to “knight”
    CCHIT and Drummond … and then the two ATCB’s to certify all those applications was in fact …

    … a total fool’s errand that cost the applicants time and money getting to the market.

  • I have been very close the to the certification process during the Stage 1 MU tests. I can assure you it is not as easy as it appears. The generation of valid interoperability files, capture of an eRx message in correct format, emergency access, and Quality measures have caused problems and failures for more than a few vednors.

  • Jim,
    They might have failed once, but did they all pass on retest?

    I don’t want to make the EHR certification seem like it’s an easy process. I loved the one EHR vendor’s estimate that it would cost like half a million dollars of development time and other costs to certify. That’s no joke.

    In fact, every EHR vendor I’ve talked to seems to have essentially taken one development cycle to implement the certification criteria.

    I’d love to hear more about the process of certifying and the challenges EHR vendors have faced. Maybe as a guest post?

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