January 27, 2016
ConCert by HIMSS Announces Successful Completion of Pilot with Certified Products

Originally published on HIMSS.org

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:

CHA will utilize certain strategic consulting and technology partners in this contract including:

  • Caradigm
  • iPatientCare
  • MEDfx
  • Qvera

“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™.