CMS and ONC just announced the first two “Test EHRs” are McKesson and Meditech. Here’s the details of their announcement:
As part of our and CMS’ ongoing effort to improve interoperability among certified Electronic Health Records Technology (CEHRT), we are pleased to announce McKesson and Meditech are the first two “Test EHRs,” selected from among certified EHRs. We strongly encourage others in the EHR technology developer community to participate in the program to become a CMS designated test EHR.
Under Stage 2 of Meaningful Use transition of care objective measure #3 [PDF - 218 KB]eligible professionals (EPs) and eligible hospitals/critical access hospitals (CAHs) must either:
- Conduct one or more successful electronic exchanges of a summary of care document, with a recipient who has EHR technology designed by a different EHR technology developer than the sender’s.
- Conduct one or more successful tests with the CMS designated test EHR during the EHR reporting period
To find out more about becoming a CMS designated test EHR, read the “EHR Technology Developers” section of the FAQs on becoming a CMS designated test EHR and the “Developer Participant Information for Cross Vendor Exchange” document.
I find it interesting that AthenaHealth was a pilot participant, but isn’t one of the official “Test EHRs.” I wondered what happened there. Looks like a lot of EHR vendors will be able to at least connect to McKesson and Meditech.