ATLANTA, Nov. 5 The Certification Commission forHealthcare Information Technology (CCHIT(sm)) today announced that theEclypsis Corporation(R) (Nasdaq: ECLP), The Outcomes Company(R), productSunrise Acute Care(TM) 4.5 SP 4, a module of Sunrise Clinical Manager(TM), isCCHIT Certified(sm), and meets the Commission's newly launched inpatientelectronic health record (EHR) criteria for 2007. Inpatient EHRs are designedfor use in acute care hospitals. The Commission -- an independent, nonprofitorganization -- is the Recognized Certification Body in the United States forcertifying health information technology products.
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In addition to meeting foundation standards such as security, certifiedinpatient products are examined for clinician order entry (often called CPOE)and medication administration capabilities (often called eMAR), includingrelated clinical decision support. As a CCHIT Certified product, Sunrise AcuteCare 4.5 has been tested and passed inspection of 100 percent of a set ofcriteria for CPOE and eMAR. The Commission focused certification testing onthese areas first because they have the lowest rate of adoption in hospitalsbut are thought to offer the highest value for improvement of care.
"Eclipsys has long been a leader in CPOE, as our Knowledge-Based CPOE(TM)system is the most widely used in the industry, and we are very excited thatSunrise Acute Care is one of the first products to pass such a thoroughevaluation for CPOE as well as eMAR," said Bob Elson, MD, Eclipsys chiefmedical officer. "We share the same belief as the Commission that CPOE is oneof the most important ways for a healthcare organization to improve caredelivery, which is why we are committed to helping our clients achieve highlevels of CPOE adoption."
Since it first announced certifications for ambulatory EHR softwareproducts in July of 2006, the Commission has raised the bar for ambulatoryEHRs and expanded its certification scope to the inpatient care setting.
"We're very proud of achieving CCHIT certification for Sunrise Acute Caregiven the rigor of testing the Commission required in this first inpatientround," said Jay Deady, Eclipsys executive vice president, Client Solutions."Unlike many of our competitors, Eclipsys clinical solutions have anintegrated advanced rules engine and are all on the same integrated EclipsysXA architecture. We believe this is vital to meet the increasingly challengingrequirements of the Commission for both the acute and ambulatoryenvironments."
"The thorough inspection process ensures that certified products havedemonstrated their ability to have a positive impact on the quality and safetyof patient care," said Mark Leavitt, M.D., Ph.D., chair of the Commission."I'd like to congratulate the first round of certified product companies, whonow represent the leading edge in advanced EHR products for the inpatientsetting."
The CCHIT Certified mark -- a "seal of approval" for EHR products --provides the first consensus-based, government-recognized benchmark forinpatient EHR products. By looking to products with the CCHIT Certified seal,acute care providers can reduce their risk in selecting EHR products for CPOEand eMAR.
CCHIT's certification compliance criteria and its design for acertification inspection process have been thoroughly researched, taking intoaccount the state of the art of EHRs and available standards, and comparingcertification processes in other industries and other countries. Theinspection process is based on real-life medical scenarios designed to testproducts rigorously against the clinical needs of providers and the qualityand safety needs of healthcare consumers and payers. One script, for example,recreates a scenario of a middle-aged man admitted through the emergencydepartment after sustaining fractures in an autom