What is Certified EHR Technology?
What is Certified EHR Technology?
EHR Technology

Electronic Health Record (EHR) technology is defined by the New Jersey Medicaid EHR Incentive Program as one or more of the following:

A complete EHR that, if used appropriately, will permit a physician to comply with all of the objectives and measures of all stages of meaningful use, which is defined by the federal government. 

Definitions and additional details for Stage 1 meaningful use objectives and measures can be found here.

Definitions and additional details for Stage 2 meaningful use objectives and measures can be found here.

An EHR module is defined as any EHR technology that, if used appropriately, would permit a physician to comply with at least one of the objectives and measures of meaningful use. An e-prescribing application is one example of an EHR module that could meet several of the meaningful use objectives. E-prescribing integrated with other modules (e.g., specific registries and a health data exchange module to provide patients with clinical summaries) might meet all of the criteria of meaningful use.

Note: open-source, home-grown or self-developed software programs are allowable EHR technologies provided they are certified.

Is my EHR certified?

Per federal law and regulations, the New Jersey Medicaid EHR Incentive Program requires that only certified complete EHRs and EHR modules may be used to qualify a physician as a meaningful user. The certification process itself was established in August 2010 and is managed by the ONC. Under the rules of this process, ONC accredits "testing and certifying bodies" that certify EHR technology. For a listing of ONC accredited organizations and certified EHR technology, please visit http://onc-chpl.force.com/ehrcert.

My EHR was already certified by CCHIT…

Certain EHR products may not have the "right stuff" for enabling a physician to meet meaningful use criteria, even if they were certified by the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT) prior to July 2010.

There is no "grandfathering in" of either testing and certification bodies such as CCHIT nor of products certified by them. CMS and ONC maintain a public web site for all products and services that have been successfully tested and certified. The Certified HIT Product List (CHPL) provides the authoritative, comprehensive listing of Complete EHRs and EHR Modules that have been tested and certified.

For more information on Meaningful Use, click on the following link: Meaningful Use Requirements for Eligible Professionals