Falcon EHR Receives ‘Meaningful Use’ Certification

“We are very proud of this accomplishment. In addition to providing a nephrology-focused EHR to physicians, we can now add that it is government certified,” said Anthony Gabriel, MD, chief information officer of DaVita®. “This is a significant milestone, but we see it as a jumping off point for Falcon EHR to continue to add features and functionality to support the distinct needs of nephrologists and their practices.”

Physicians can receive up to $44,000 in Medicare incentives for Falcon EHR use

DENVER (June 2, 2011) – DaVita Inc.’s Falcon, LLC. announced today that Falcon EHRTM has received the federal government’s “Meaningful Use” stamp of approval by earning “Complete EHR Ambulatory” certification. The designation officially deems the electronic health record (EHR) application capable of enabling eligible providers to qualify for Meaningful Use incentive payments under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

“We are very proud of this accomplishment. In addition to providing a nephrology-focused EHR to physicians, we can now add that it is government certified,” said Anthony Gabriel, MD, chief information officer of DaVita®. “This is a significant milestone, but we see it as a jumping off point for Falcon EHR to continue to add features and functionality to support the distinct needs of nephrologists and their practices.”

Tested and certified under the Drummond Group’s Electronic Health Records Office of the National Coordinator Authorized Testing and Certification Body (ONC-ATCB) program, the EHR application is 2011/2012 compliant in accordance with the applicable criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services.

As a hosted, web-based electronic health record system, Falcon EHR offers nephrologists access from any computer, whenever and wherever they have Internet connectivity. Falcon EHR is committed to helping its physicians understand how to use the system to attest to Meaningful Use. In the first payment year of Stage 1, physicians are required to attest to using a certified EHR for 90 continuous days to qualify for the maximum incentive. Current Falcon EHR users can begin logging their 90 days of Meaningful Use soon.

“This is an exciting time for Falcon EHR and its customers,” said Gabriel. “Our focus has been and will remain on the needs of our customers and how we can help them improve their practice and patient outcomes.”

The interconnectivity promoted by Falcon EHR, including integration with DaVita’s dialysis center systems, laboratory system as well as other industry laboratory and practice management applications, is designed to connect physicians across points of care. Together with Meaningful Use certification, this interconnectivity demonstrates Falcon EHR’s commitment to meeting the overarching healthcare IT goals envisioned by the government to positively impacting patient care.

DaVita and Falcon EHR are trademarks or registered trademarks of DaVita Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

About Falcon, LLC.
Falcon EHRTM helps physicians manage kidney patients’ health records from CKD through ESRD and can be accessed wherever there is Internet access. Developed, tested and endorsed by kidney professionals in the doctor’s office, Falcon EHR is powered by DaVita® and supported by a dedicated, award-winning 24/7 Falcon support team. For more information, visit www.falconehr.com or call 1-877-99-FALCON.

About DaVita
DaVita Inc., a Fortune 500® company, is a leading provider of kidney care in the United States, delivering dialysis services and education to patients with chronic kidney failure and end stage renal disease. As of March 31, 2011, DaVita operated or provided administrative services at 1,642 dialysis facilities, serving approximately 128,000 patients. DaVita develops, participates in and donates to numerous programs dedicated to transforming communities and creating positive, sustainable change for children, families and our environment. The company’s leadership development initiatives and corporate social responsibility efforts have been recognized by Fortune, Modern Healthcare, Newsweek and WorldBlu, among others. For more information, please visit www.davita.com.

About Drummond Group
Drummond Group Inc., the trusted software test lab, provides effective and efficient electronic health record (EHR) testing to healthcare information technology vendors and hospitals. As an Office of the National Coordinator Authorized Testing and Certification Body (ONC-ATCB), Drummond Group works closely with healthcare software vendors and hospitals to certify EHRs that are looking to qualify for incentive funds under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Drummond Group is approved to certify both complete and modular EHR for both ambulatory and inpatient. Leveraging more than a decade’s worth of interoperability, conformance testing and certification experience in multiple industries, Drummond Group delivers what’s needed in healthcare: highly reliable and readily affordable software testing services. For more information, go to www.drummondgroup.com

   

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