Saturday, August 30, 2008

Medical and Practice Management Suite Client/Server Receives CCHIT Certification

LSS Data Systems' Medical and Practice Management (MPM) Suite Client/Server 5.54 Receives 2007 CCHIT Certification

Software Complies with 100 Percent of Updated 2007 Certification Criteria

EDEN PRAIRIE, minn.-- July 02, 2008 --The Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT®) announced yesterday that LSS Data Systems' product Medical and Practice Management (MPM) Suite Client/Server 5.54 is CCHIT Certified®, and meets the Commission's ambulatory electronic health record (EHR) criteria for 2007. Ambulatory EHRs are designed for physician offices and clinics where most Americans get their healthcare. CCHIT - an independent, nonprofit organization - is the Recognized Certification Body in the United States for certifying health information technology products.

In the second year of the program's operation, the criteria and testing have been significantly enhanced. The Commission added 96 criteria to the 151 original requirements from last year. Medical and Practice Management (MPM) Suite Client/Server 5.54 has been tested and passed inspection of 100 percent of a set of updated criteria for functionality, interoperability and security.

"For 2007, the Commission raised the bar from the previous year's criteria. Ambulatory EHRs now must include electronic prescribing, demonstrate an ability to receive lab results, and show enhanced patient safety, quality, and security features," said Mark Leavitt, M.D., Ph.D., chair, CCHIT. "Investment in 2007 certified ambulatory EHRs gives providers even more powerful tools to improve quality, safety and efficiency while protecting the privacy of health information."

The CCHIT Certified mark - a "seal of approval" for EHR products - provides the first consensus-based, government-recognized benchmark for ambulatory EHR products. By looking to products with the CCHIT Certified seal, physicians and other providers can reduce their risk in selecting an EHR product, allowing them to focus their evaluation on the special needs of their practices.

"This certification illustrates our ongoing commitment to provide the highest quality software for our customers. CCHIT certification is definitely something our customers value," said Bill Schmidt, Vice President of Sales & Corporate Development at LSS Data Systems. "We are delighted with the achievement of this milestone. We take pride in the strength of our products and the foundation of our seamless integration with MEDITECH to create one electronic health record across the health care enterprise."

LSS customer Parkview Adventist Medical Center, based in Brunswick, ME, recently updated to MPM Client/Server Version 5.54. "We congratulate LSS for 2007 certification of the MPM Suite," said Bill McQuaid, Chief Information Officer at Parkview. "One of Parkview's main approaches to care involves utilizing state-of-the-art technology to provide the highest quality care. It is important to us to use products which we know meet and exceed industry benchmarks."

CCHIT's certification compliance criteria and its design for a certification inspection process have been thoroughly researched, taking into account the state of the art of EHRs and available standards, and comparing certification processes in other industries and other countries. The inspection process is based on real-life medical scenarios designed to test products rigorously against the clinical needs of providers and the quality and safety needs of healthcare consumers and payers. One script, for example, recreates a scenario of an elderly man with poorly controlled diabetes, hypertension and other chronic conditions in order to test EHR functions such as potential adverse drug reactions, disease management and treatment plans.

About LSS Data Systems

LSS Data Systems, a MEDITECH partner founded in 1982, develops clinical, financial and administrative solutions for medical practice groups, healthcare delivery systems and clinics across the United States and internationally. Together with MEDITECH, LSS has developed the Medical and Practice Management (MPM) Suite, a full-featured ambulatory care solution that integrates physician practices and clinics with MEDITECH's Health Care Information System. The MPM Suite includes an ambulatory Electronic Health Record with prescribing/ordering, physician documentation, scanning, scheduling, billing and financial management tools. For more information please visit www.lssdata.com.

About CCHIT

The Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT®) is an independent, nonprofit organization that has been named by the federal government as the Recognized Certification Body for health information technology. Its mission is to accelerate the adoption of health information technology by creating a credible, sustainable certification program. The certification requirements are based on widely accepted industry standards and involve the work of hundreds of expert volunteers and input from a variety of stakeholders throughout the health care industry. More information on CCHIT and CCHIT Certified® products is available at www.cchit.org.

"CCHIT®" and "CCHIT Certified®" are registered marks of the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology.
Contacts

LSS Data Systems
Megan Salmela, 952-941-1000
msalmela@lssdata.com
or
CCHIT
Sue Reber, 503-703-0813
sreber@cchit.org

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