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:

 

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

 

An EHR module is defined as any EHR technology that, if used appropriately, would permit a hospital 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.

 

Definitions and additional details for the 2015 Program Requirements for meaningful use objectives and measures can be found here.

 

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 EHR technology (CEHRT) may be used to qualify a hospital as a meaningful user.  The Center’s for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) have established standards and other criteria for structured data that EHRs must use in order to qualify for this incentive program.  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.  The Certified HIT Product List (CHPL) provides the authoritative, comprehensive listing of ONC certified EHR technology, please visit http://oncchpl.force.com/ehrcert.

 

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