But who are the organizations that test and certify these EHR companies? As of today, there are six different organizations that have been authorized to complete this testing: Surescripts; ICSA Labs; SLI Global Solutions; InfoGard Laboratories; CCHIT; and Drummond Group. All six certification bodies conduct testing on EHR modules. Surescripts is the only organization that has chosen not to certify complete EHRs; instead, it has chosen to focus on e-prescribing, its area of expertise.
While the six bodies are free to conduct the certification testing as they see fit, they all follow a very similar format. It generally goes as follows:
- Reviewing the certification application
- Providing pre-testing support
- Testing via remote conferencing that usually only lasts one day
- Reviewing test results by an internal and independent panel
So what makes the six groups different? For one thing, their backgrounds are all unique. While CCHIT has been certifying EHRs for a number of years, the other groups have other backgrounds in software testing. SLI has been engaged in software application testing for years. Surescripts is the leading US e-prescriber. InfoGard was the first computer testing lab certified by the NVLAP. ICSA has been conducting neutral-testing for vendors for more than two decades, and the Drummond Group has extensive software testing experience in other fields.
All bodies have helped numerous EHRs gain certification. Vendors that are looking into Stage 1 certification and beyond should consider the customer service abilities and expertise of each group to aid their pursuit of ONC-ATCB certification.
Assistant Project Manager, Physicians EHR
This information is courtesy of Software Advice (website here). For more information on ONC-ATCB certification and electronic health records, see: Uncovering the ONC-ATCBs: What’s the Difference?