AUSTIN, TXDrummond Group Inc., an Office of the National Coordinator Authorized Testing and Certification Body (ONC-ATCB), has introduced its “EHR Certification Roadmap for Hospitals.” Several hospitals including Vanderbilt University Medical Center provided Drummond with input into the development of the program – making it possible to design a unique testing experience that meets the specific needs of provider organizations.
Speaking exclusively to his personal experience with Drummond’s hospital initiative and not on behalf of the Medical University of South Carolina, John L. Waller, MD, Director of Medical Informatics at the Charleston, S.C.-based academic medical center said: “Given the challenge we face in molding our own medical center’s health IT landscape to fit into ONC’s framework, I was happy to assist Drummond Group in the development of their program, EHR Certification Roadmap for Hospitals. This program creates an important new option for hospitals as they consider how best to meet the requirements for receiving ARRA incentives.”
Hospitals with EHRs developed in-house or with systems comprised of various technologies from multiple vendors can follow the Drummond’s EHR Certification Roadmap to expediently test their software in an effort to earn ONC certification, thereby qualifying the EHR to be used in a hospital’s pursuit of “meaningful use” and the corresponding incentive funds.
The roadmap meets the specific needs of hospitals by providing an evaluation of certification needs, certification gap analysis and customized testing.
To start, Drummond’s Roadmap guides the hospital in cataloging the technologies in the hospital’s EHR network and then performs an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Certification Gap Analysis to determine which pieces of software do and which do not require testing.
“Frequently, hospitals will have developed or obtained EHR systems over several years that comprise a number of technologies. As a result their IT leaders may not easily realize which solutions need to be tested and which don’t. They basically don’t know where to start. With our initiative, we help hospitals quickly determine what needs to be tested,” said Rik Drummond, CEO of the Drummond Group.
This initial step helps hospitals pinpoint exactly what needs to be done in order to determine certification needs – and subsequently to implement the technologies that will qualify for meaningful use.
“Vanderbilt has worked directly with the Drummond Group as they developed their EHR Certification Roadmap for Hospitals. Their team has provided a certification framework which helped us decide how to map our architectural strategy to the vendor-based ONC approach to testing and achieving certification to qualify for ARRA incentives” said Eric Boehme, Project Manager for the HITECH EHR Certification Program for Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Drummond Group testing proctors, who have significant software testing experience, then work to ensure that hospitals understand the required steps for testing. In essence, the proctors engage the hospitals based on the unique needs of each hospital. However, because it is a single certification program to support Meaningful Use, the hospital systems still go through the exact same test event as vendor systems based on the same ONC standardized testing scripts.
“We are just providing a level of service and expertise that hospitals can really benefit from,” Drummond said. “Hospitals are not in the software business, and the testing process is not something with which they are familiar. The Roadmap makes it easy for hospitals to find their way through the testing process — easily and without a lot of disruption.”
For more information on Drummond’s EHR Certification Roadmap for Hospitals, go to http://www.drummondgroup.com/html-v2/EHR/
About Drummond Group Inc.
Drummond Group Inc., the trusted software test lab, provides effective and efficient electronic health record (EHR) testing to healthcare information technology vendors. As an Office of the National Coordinator Authorized Testing and Certification Body (ONC-ATCB), Drummond Group works closely with healthcare software vendors to certify EHRs for use by providers that are looking to qualify for incentive funds under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Drummond Group is approved to certify both complete and modular EHR for both ambulatory and inpatient. Leveraging more than a decade’s worth of interoperability, conformance testing and certification experience in multiple industries, Drummond Group delivers what’s needed in healthcare: highly reliable and readily affordable software testing services. For more information, go to www.drummondgroup.com.