Is the job of creating a e-prescribing module getting to the stage to where an “expert” is needed?  As I understand this announcement, they cannot certify full EHR systems, only modules and I would guess that we are talking about the e-imageprescribing modules and perhaps more.  Now question, if using this service could an EHR not fully approved be able to state they have certified modules but the whole program of the EHR is not certified?  If certifying only modules then what is the cost?  I would think it would not be as expensive as the 25k for a full certification, correct?  A couple months ago SureScripts announced their own exchange program for medical records so perhaps this is a portion of it as well to certify groups to use something like this?  Perhaps in time we’ll hear more about what area of expertise they have or what roles they will play.  BD 

SureScripts Announces New Secure Exchange Network for Sharing of Medical Records

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has named electronic prescribing network provider Surescripts as an organization that can test and approve certain electronic health records modules, bringing to a total of six the groups authorized under ONC’s temporary certification program.

Surescripts, based in Arlington, Va., will verify that EHR modules for e-prescribing and privacy and security meet meaningful use standards and certification criteria, ONC said in a Dec. 23 announcement.

As an ONC-Authorized Temporary Certification Body (ATCB), Surescripts joins the Certification Commission for Health IT (CCHIT), the Drummond Group, InfoGard Labs, ICSA Labs and SLI Global Solutions. All but Surescripts may certify both complete EHRs and EHR modules, ONC said.


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