ConCert by HIMSSTM today announced that four products have received the ConCert by HIMSS mark after completing a comprehensive pilot program that tests and certifies electronic health record (EHR) and health information exchange (HIE) vendors. These organizations are committed to advancing interoperability and enabling secure and reliable transfer of data within and across organizational and state boundaries. ConCert by HIMSS is an interoperability testing and certification program governed by HIMSS and built on the work of the EHR | HIE Interoperability Workgroup and IHE USA. ConCert by HIMSS works with ICSA Labs and Stella Technologies.
The 2016 ConCert by HIMSS Certified Products, honored during the 2016 IHE North American Connectathon Awards at the HIMSS Innovation Center & Global Center for Health Innovation in Cleveland, Ohio, include:
“These companies have completed a rigorous testing program – the first certification program based on interoperability – to ensure their systems can communicate and enable data exchange in a way that ensures the right person has access to the right data at the right time,” said Joyce Sensmeier, RN-BC, MS, CPHIMS, FHIMSS, FAAN, vice president, informatics, HIMSS North America. “With this program, providers, consumers and patients will have access to critical information that will empower the best point-of-care decisions. We celebrate and congratulate these organizations during IHE North American Connectathon Week 2016.”
“Interoperability certification creates clarity and direction for electronic health record (EHR) and health information exchange (HIE) vendors in the market,” said George Japak, managing director, ICSA Labs. “Healthcare providers that recognize the value of delivering better, more integrated care, will look for certified solutions to integrate with their IT systems.”
The interoperability standards that serve as the framework for ConCert by HIMSS, including Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) and Direct, have been recognized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (“ONC”). The ConCert by HIMSS Advisory Committee ensures simplicity and credibility of the program and informs outreach and education to clinicians, healthcare provider and vendor organizations, health information exchanges, health information services providers, and the broader health IT industry and will continue to provide feedback from implementations to the national health IT standards-setting initiatives established by ONC.
Visit http://www.himssinnovationcenter.org/concert to learn more about ConCert by HIMSS™.
About HIMSS North America
HIMSS North America, a business unit within HIMSS, positively transforms health and healthcare through the best use of information technology in the United States and Canada. As a cause-based non-profit, HIMSS North America provides thought leadership, community building, professional development, public policy, and events. HIMSS North America represents 61,000 individual members, 640 corporate members, and over 450 non-profit organizations. Thousands of volunteers work with HIMSS to improve the quality, cost-effectiveness, access, and value of healthcare through IT. Major initiatives within HIMSS North America include the HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition, National Health IT Week, HIMSS Innovation Center, HIMSS Interoperability Showcases™, HIMSS Health IT Value Suite, and ConCert by HIMSS™.
HIMSS is a global voice, advisor, convener, and thought leader of health transformation through the best use of IT with a unique breadth and depth of expertise and capabilities to improve the quality, safety, and cost-effectiveness of health and healthcare. Through its network of over 1 million professionals, including 64,000-plus members, HIMSS advises leaders, stakeholders and influencers globally on IT best practices to ensure decision-makers have the right information at the right time to make the right decisions. HIMSS North America, HIMSS Analytics, Personal Connected Health Alliance, HIMSS Media and HIMSS International (HIMSS Europe, HIMSS Asia and HIMSS Middle East) are the five business units of HIMSS. A not-for-profit headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, HIMSS has additional offices in North America, Europe, United Kingdom, and Asia.
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