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HIT Certifications & Training

Whether you are trying to get listed in the Certified Health IT Product List (CHPL) or trying to certify your EHR software by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), we at VST Health ensure your needs are fully attended to and taken care of, via our offering of Health Information Technology (HIT) certification and training services that gets you up and operational in no time.

HIT certification provides professional training and certification for individuals responsible for planning, selecting, implementing, and managing EHRs and other HIT systems, as well as people involved in the creation and management of Health Information Exchanges (HIEs). HIT certification programs support the availability of certified health IT for its encouraged and required use under other federal, state and private programs.

Who’s this for?

Eligible hospitals and healthcare professionals in the USA have been mandated to use 2015 edition certified electronic health record technology (CEHRT) to meet the requirements of the Promoting Interoperability Program (previously known as Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs) administered by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The certified EHR technology may also be helpful for MIPS reporting, but for Advancing Care Information category, it is a necessity. The Advanced Alternate Payment Models (Advanced APMs) also require the use of certified EHR technology.

HIT certification programs are usually run as third-party product compliance assessment scheme for HIT based on the principles of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) framework. The below graphical illustration shows the organizational structure of the certification program. It shows how ONC manages the whole program while working with other agencies and entities in the following capacities:

HIT Certification Criteria

There are sixty 2015 Edition health IT certification criteria organized into eight different categories shown in the wheel below. ONC-Authorized Certification Bodies (ONC-ACBs) certify health IT products that have been successfully tested by an ONC-Authorized Testing Laboratory (ONC-ATL) to the certification criteria, then the products are listed on the CHPL. To qualify for the certification criteria, the HIT system developer is required to conduct their own testing and submit a form to the test lab.

Clinical Processes

  • Computerized Provider Order Entry (CPOE) – Medications
  • Computerized Provider Order Entry (CPOE) – Laboratory
  • Computerized Provider Order Entry (CPOE) – Diagnostic Imaging
  • Drug-drug, Drug-allergy Interaction Checks for CPOE
  • Demographics
  • Problem List
  • Medication List
  • Medication Allergy List
  • Clinical Decision Support (CDS)
  • Drug-formulary And Preferred Drug List Checks
  • Smoking Status
  • Family Health History
  • Patient-specific Education Resources
  • Implantable Device List
  • Social, Psychological, And Behavioral Data

Care Coordination

  • Transitions of Care
  • Clinical Information Reconciliation and Incorporation
  • Electronic Prescribing
  • Common Clinical Data Set Summary Record—Create
  • Common Clinical Data Set Summary Record—Receive
  • Data Export
  • Data Segmentation for Privacy—Send
  • Data Segmentation for Privacy—Receive
  • Care Plan

Clinical Quality Measurement

  • Clinical Quality Measures – Record and Export
  • Clinical Quality Measures – Import and Calculate
  • Clinical Quality Measures – Report
  • Clinical Quality Measures – Filter

Privacy & Security

  • Authentication, Access Control, and Authorization
  • Auditable Events and Tamper-Resistance
  • Audit report(s)
  • Amendments
  • Automatic Access Time-out
  • Emergency Access
  • End-user Device Encryption
  • Integrity
  • Trusted Connection
  • Auditing Actions on Health Information
  • Accounting of Disclosures

Patient Engagement

  • View, Download, and Transmit to 3rd Party
  • Secure Messaging
  • Patient Health Information Capture

Public Health

  • Transmission to Immunization Registries
  • Transmission to Public Health Agencies—Syndromic Surveillance
  • Transmission to Public Health Agencies—Reportable Laboratory Tests and Values/Results
  • Transmission to Cancer Registries
  • Transmission to Public Health Agencies – Electronic Case Reporting
  • Transmission to Public Health Agencies – Antimicrobial Use and Resistance Reporting
  • Transmission to Public Health Agencies – Health Care Surveys

Health IT Design and Performance

  • Automated Numerator Recording
  • Automated Measure Calculation
  • Safety-Enhanced Design
  • Quality Management System
  • Accessibility-Centered Design
  • Consolidated CDA Creation Performance
  • Application Access – Patient Selection
  • Application Access – Data Category Request
  • Application Access – All Data Request

Electronic Exchange

  • Direct Project
  • Direct Project, Edge Protocol, and XDR/XDM

Contact us today to learn more about VST Health’s HIT Certifications & Training Services.