Certified EHR Technology
To efficiently capture and share patient data, health care providers need an Electronic Health Record (EHR) that stores data in a structured format. Structured data allows health care providers to easily retrieve and transfer patient information, and use the EHR in ways that can aid patient care.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) have established standards and other criteria for structured data that EHRs must meet to qualify for use in the Promoting Interoperability (PI) Programs. Once a product or system is certified, the name of the product will be listed on the ONC website, with frequent updates as new systems and products are added.
To avoid a Medicare payment adjustment or to receive a Medicaid incentive payment, health care providers must use an EHR that is certified specifically for the PI Programs. Certified EHR Technology gives assurance to purchasers and other users that an EHR system or module offers the necessary technological capability, functionality, and security to help them meet the meaningful use criteria. Certification also helps health care providers and patients be confident that the electronic health IT products and systems they use are secure, able to maintain data confidentially, and work with other systems to share information.