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A Physician's Perspective: Meaningful Use of Health Technology

Dec 29 2010   11:44PM GMT

A growing number of ONC-Authorized Testing and Certification Bodies

Posted by: DrJosephKim
e-prescribing, EHR, onc, surescripts

Did you know that Surescripts is now an ONC-Authorized Testing and Certification Body? They were just added on Dec 23, 2010.

So, that brings the total number of authorized testing and certification bodies to 6:

  1. Surescripts LLC
  2. ICSA Labs
  3. SLI Global Solutions
  4. InfoGard Laboratories, Inc.
  5. Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT)
  6. Drummond Group, Inc. (DGI)

How many groups do we need?  With Surescripts, the Scope of authorization includes: EHR Modules: E-Prescribing, Privacy and Security. This is the first group to be authorized for e-Prescribing. Do we think that Surescripts will also be the last group in the e-Prescribing category? Or, will the other 5 groups also gain the privilege to test and certify for e-Prescribing? I don’t think so.

Currently, Surescripts operates the nation’s largest e-prescription network and supports a rapidly expanding ecosystem of health care organizations nationwide. That’s not to say that other competitors won’t try to invade the e-Prescribing space.

Here’s some more information about Surescripts:

Surescripts’ e-prescribing services allow physicians to electronically send prescriptions from their offices to more than 54,000 retail pharmacies and six of the largest mail order pharmacies. In addition, Surescripts provides physicians with electronic access to their patients’ prescription benefit and medication history, which helps to improve safety and enables doctors to prescribe medications at the lowest cost to the patient.

I’d like to know how many other groups will get added to the list of ONC-Authorized Testing and Certification Bodies in 2011. I think we have enough vendors now. If we have too many groups testing and certifying EHRs, the entire process may lose some level of standardization.

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