COSTA MESA, Calif. -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Mirth, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Quality Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:QSII) and a global leader in health information technology, announced today that Mirth® Connect version 3.0.1 is compliant with the ONC 2014 Edition criteria and was certified as an Electronic Health Record (EHR) Module on April 21, 2014 by the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT®), an ONC-ACB, in accordance with the applicable Hospital certification criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. The ONC 2014 Edition criteria support both Stage 1 and 2 Meaningful Use measures required to qualify eligible providers and hospitals for funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).
“Transforming health care requires a fully connected health information framework that adheres to regulatory standards. We view this certification as an essential benchmark in our efforts to continually provide the most innovative, open source interoperability tool in the Health IT market,” said Jon Teichrow, senior vice president of research and development for Mirth. “Achieving modular certification underscores our commitment to helping our clients meet the demands of today’s rapidly evolving health care environment.”
The ONC HIT Certification Program certifies that EHRs meet all of the 2014 Edition criteria and that EHR Modules meet one or more – but not all – of the criteria approved by the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) for hospital technology.
“CCHIT congratulates companies that successfully achieve EHR technology certification,” said Alisa Ray, executive director, CCHIT. “These companies are now able to make their products available to providers wishing to adopt health IT to demonstrate Meaningful Use and earn federal incentives.”
The certification number for Mirth Connect version 3.0.1 is CC-2014-100112-2. The public test report is available here: https://cchit.box.com/s/p9zrawki6ky4oow6e4nk.
ONC HIT certification conferred by CCHIT does not represent an endorsement of the certified EHR technology by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Mirth Connect version 3.0.1 meets the following certification criteria:
170.314(f)(2) Transmission to Immunization Registries; 170.314(f)(3) Transmission to Public Health Agencies - Syndromic Surveillance; 170.314(f)(4) Transmission Of Reportable Laboratory Tests and Values/Results; 170.314(g)(4) Quality Management System.
Other costs that an eligible hospital would pay to implement Mirth Connect version 3.0.1 to attempt to meet Meaningful Use objectives may include but are not limited to: Commercial licensing for customers in need of developer support and additional Enterprise Extensions.
Mirth Connect subscriptions provide a commercial license to run a specified number of instances of Mirth Connect software with the Enterprise Extensions offered for a period of one year. In addition to the license, the subscription includes support through the Mirth Help Desk for installation, configuration and use of Mirth Connect. Support will provide a work-around for any confirmed software bugs and/or expedite a fix. Mirth Connect Enterprise Extensions are available by contacting the Help Desk. Mirth Connect support also provides access to our engineering team to address issues relating to channel (interface) development. Receive design guidance, development troubleshooting assistance, and code samples. Mirth Connect commercial licenses are subject to the Mirth End User License Agreement (Mirth EULA).
With more than 10,000 open source Mirth Connect installations globally, the Mirth product suite includes the Mirth Connect healthcare integration engine, Mirth® Results central data repository and provider portal, Mirth® Match Enterprise Master Patient Index (EMPI), Mirth® Mail DIRECT secure messaging and provider directory service, and Mirth® Care chronic disease management and care management solutions.
The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT®) is an independent, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with the public mission of accelerating the adoption of robust, interoperable health information technology. The Commission has been certifying electronic health record technology since 2006 and is authorized by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as a certification body (ONC-ACB). CCHIT is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as a certification body for the ONC HIT Certification Program for electronic health record (EHR) technology and accredited by the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP) of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) as an Accredited Testing Laboratory (ATL) to test EHRS. More information on CCHIT and its programs is available at http://cchit.org.
About the ONC HIT Certification Program
The ONC HIT Certification Program, provided by the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT®) as an Office of the National Coordinator – Authorized Certification Body (ONC-ACB), evaluates EHR technology that has been tested against criteria and standards adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS). This certification qualifies EHRs as capable of supporting achievement of Meaningful Use for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive programs authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). ONC HIT certification conferred by the Certification Commission does not represent an endorsement of the certified EHR technology by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Irvine, Calif.-based Quality Systems, Inc. and its NextGen Healthcare subsidiary develop and market computer-based practice management, electronic health records and revenue cycle management applications as well as connectivity products and services for medical and dental group practices and small hospitals. Quality Systems recently acquired Coast Mesa, Calif.-based Mirth. Mirth’s solutions are used daily by thousands of health professionals and institutions worldwide to streamline care management processes and securely exchange health information across enterprises, communities and broad geographies. Visit www.qsii.com and www.nextgen.com for additional information.
Certain statements in this news release are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws, including but not limited to those statements made by Jon Teichrow related to developments and trends in the healthcare industry and the Company’s future products and offerings. These statements are based on current expectations of future events. If underlying assumptions prove inaccurate or unknown risks or uncertainties materialize, actual results could vary materially from the Company’s expectations and projections. Factors that could cause the anticipated results to differ from those described in the forward-looking statements include the possibility that products will not achieve or sustain market acceptance; the impact of incentive payments under The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act on sales and the ability of the Company to meet continued certification requirements; the development by competitors of new or superior technologies; the timing, cost and success or failure of new product and service introductions, development and product upgrade releases; undetected errors or bugs in our software; changing economic, political or regulatory influences in the healthcare industry; availability of third-party products and components; competitive pressures including product offerings, pricing and promotional activities; the Company's ability or inability to attract and retain qualified personnel; possible regulation of the Company's software by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration; and general economic conditions. Additional risks and uncertainties are set forth in the Company’s public filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including the discussion under the heading "Risk Factors" in the Company’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and any subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. The Company expressly disclaims any intent or obligation to update these forward-looking statements except as required by law.
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