Tuesday, January 27, 2009

IHS Certified for EHR System

The Indian Health Service’s newest version of their EHR system is now certified by the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT). The IHS Resource and Patient Management System (RPMS) a comprehensive health information system, supports patient care at the IHS for 1.9 million American Indians and Alaska Natives who reside in 35 states, and operates in over 190 facilities nationwide.

CCHIT certification signifies that the new system has been tested and shown to meet a rigorous set of criteria to see what the system does to support healthcare, interoperability, and security. “The Indian Health Service is very proud to earn this certification based on industry standards that will benefit our patients in the Indian Health System,” said IHS Director Robert G. McSwain.

Development of the system to meet the CCHIT certification criteria began one year ago and included new features such as electronic prescribing. CCHIT designates RPMS version 2008 as a pre-market conditionally certified product under the 2007 certification criteria for ambulatory EHRs. Full certification will be awarded when the enhancements are implemented in production.