Latest Developments in Software Certification

A message from James Kirchner, OD, Chief Professional Officer for Eyefinity:

Dr. James Kirchner

Last week, the Office of National Coordinator (ONC) initially approved two entities, CCHIT and The Drummond Group, Inc., to become the first two Authorized Testing and Certification Bodies (ATCBs) that will certify electronic health systems.

At Eyefinity, we are ready for our software to be reviewed and certified. So, on September 8, we applied to The Drummond Group, Inc. as our ATCB. After approving our application, The Drummond Group scheduled our review for the next available testing date, which is in November.

This earliest available date assures you that there will be adequate time for you to become familiar with and train on the requirements for meaningful use with OfficeMate and ExamWRITER. You will need to demonstrate meaningful use in 2011 for a reporting period of 90 days. In other words, the very last date to begin meaningful use will be September 30, 2011. Remember, using certified software in a meaningful way will be necessary for you to qualify for incentive pay.

And remember, we, as medical providers, are going to get paid to do this! The $44,000 per doctor incentive is meaningful to most of us (unless you’ve been sitting on shares of Apple for the last ten years; in which case, I don’t know why you’re still practicing).

In the next few weeks, I’ll begin a series of messages that explain the provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) called the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act that Congress passed last year. (High fives to everyone who knew what HITECH stands for!) The HITECH Act has great impact on our future as eyecare professionals.

Believe me; I understand the deluge of information available to all of us, so I’ll do my best to make my presence in your inbox concise and meaningful.

Sincerely,

James Kirchner, OD
Chief Professional Officer – Eyefinity

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