Waiting Room Solutions' EMR & Practice Management Solutions (Version 3.0) Receives CCHIT Certification

Web-based solution complies with 100 percent of certification criteria.

The Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHITSM) today announced that Waiting Room Solutions' EMR & Practice Management Solution Version 3.0 is CCHIT CertifiedSM, and meets CCHIT ambulatory electronic health record (EHR) criteria for 2006. Ambulatory EHRs are designed for physician offices and clinics where most Americans get their healthcare. CCHIT is a Recognized Certification Body in the United States for certifying health information technology products - an independent, nonprofit organization that sets the benchmark for EHRs.

As a CCHIT Certified product, Waiting Room Solutions' EMR & Practice Management Solution Version 3.0 has been tested and passed inspection of 100 percent of a set of criteria for:

  • functionality (ability to create and manage electronic records for all patients, as well as automating workflow in a physician's office),
  • interoperability (a first step in the ability to receive and send electronic data to other entities such as laboratories), and
  • security (ability to keep patients' information safe).

The CCHIT Certified mark -- a "seal of approval" for EHR products -- provides the first consensus- based, consistent benchmark for ambulatory products. By looking to products with the CCHIT Certified seal, physicians and other providers can be assured they are making a reliable investment and insurers and other payers know the products meet expected industry standards.

"Physician who purchase certified products have the assurance that they have been reviewed by a panel of judges, including practicing physicians, and that they are being evaluated against standards set by professionals in the field and successfully piloted with products from large and small companies," said Mark Leavitt, M.D., Ph.D., chair, CCHIT. "The quality and safety of EHR products can now be measured using certification criteria that were developed specifically for that purpose."

"We are extremely proud to have achieved the CCHIT certification for our Waiting Room Solutions EMR & Practice Management Solution Version 3.0. This is a very significant industry seal of approval that helps assure our physician clients that they've selected a reliable solution that has passed a thorough and carefully-designed inspection process for functionality, interoperability and security," said Dr. Lawrence Gordon, CEO of Waiting Room Solutions. "Physicians and practice managers can rest easy knowing that our web-based solution has passed the same rigorous tests as the leading EMR software while offering the many advantages of secure state-of-the-art web technology."

The goals of CCHIT product certification are to reduce the risk of HIT investment by physicians and other providers; ensure interoperability of HIT products; enhance the availability of HIT adoption incentives from purchasers and payers; and protect the privacy of personal health information.

CCHIT's certification compliance criteria and its design for a certification inspection process have been thoroughly researched, taking into account the state of the art of EHRs and available standards, and comparing certification processes in other industries and other countries. The inspection process is based on real-life medical scenarios designed to test products rigorously against the clinical needs of providers and the quality and safety needs of healthcare consumers and payers. One script, for example, recreates a scenario of an elderly man with poorly controlled diabetes, hypertension and other chronic conditions in order to test EHR functions such as potential adverse drug reactions, disease management and treatment plans.

About Waiting Room Solutions
Waiting Room Solutions is a developer of state-of-the-art, web-based information system solutions that help physicians build and manage more successful, profitable practices through improved efficiencies, better cost controls, improved patient communications, and accelerated billing. Founded and developed by Dr. Lawrence Gordon, MD - a physician with 12 years of practice experience - Waiting Room Solutions offers a complete, integrated web-based EMR and Practice Management Solution that uses a Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) to simplify IT costs while ensuring data integrity as well as HIPAA security and privacy compliance. More information on Waiting Room Solutions is available at www.waitingroomsolutions.com.

The Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHITSM) is an independent, nonprofit organization that has been recognized by the federal government as an official certification body for electronic health record products. Its mission is to accelerate the adoption of health information technology by creating a credible, sustainable product certification program. The certification requirements are based on widely accepted industry standards and involve the work of hundreds of expert volunteers and input from a variety of stakeholders throughout the health care industry. More information on CCHIT and CCHIT CertifiedSM products is available at www.cchit.org.

"CCHITSM" and "CCHIT CertifiedSM" are service marks of the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology.