GREAT RIVER, N.Y., Dec. 8, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — Netsmart
Technologies, Inc., a leading provider of software and services for
health and human services organizations, today announced that its
Avatar™ 2011 electronic health record (EHR) software has
achieved 100 percent ONC-ATCB ARRA ambulatory and inpatient
certification, making Netsmart the first behavioral healthcare
software provider to offer a complete ARRA-certified EHR both for
Eligible Professionals (EPs) and Hospital incentives.
Testing was conducted under Drummond Group’s Electronic Health
Records ONC-ATCB program. Drummond Group, Inc., is an
Authorized Testing and Certification Body (ONC-ATCB) named by
the Office of the National Coordinator to provide Meaningful Use
certification for EHR systems and applications. Drummond’s
Certification Committee has issued Netsmart’s certification IDs,
and Avatar 2011 will be designated as a Complete EHR on the Office
of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
Certified Health IT Product List.
“We’re pleased to offer our industry’s first complete
ARRA-certified EHR,” said James L. Conway, chief executive officer,
Netsmart Technologies. “The investment required to achieve
certification for our enterprise software products demonstrates our
commitment to help our customers qualify for Meaningful Use funding
and gain additional resources to better serve their consumers in
these times of budget cutbacks.”
In addition to the Meaningful Use monetary incentives, use of
EHR technology can improve quality of care, advance patient safety,
increase customer satisfaction and enhance office efficiency.
Facilities and practices using a certified EHR may also experience
increased profitability through reduced costs and increased
Netsmart chose to attain complete certification to provide its
customers with a comprehensive ARRA solution.