ONC yanks certification for two EHR products

48 eligible professionals must find new EHRs if they wish to stay with MU
By Mike Miliard
08:28 AM
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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT announced Wednesday that two pieces of electronic health record software have had their certifications revoked, meaning providers can no longer use them to attest to meaningful use.

While they had previously been certified as part of the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs, two versions of SkyCare 4.2, an EHR developed by Platinum Health Information Systems, have had their certifications "terminated," according to ONC.

The reason? Failure to respond to requests for routine surveillance by Infogard Laboratories, the ONC Authorized Certification Body that had first given the meaningful use imprimatur to the SkyCare tools.

InfoGard "proactively initiated surveillance activities with Platinum Health," according to an ONC news release, but despite these "good faith efforts," the company didn't respond.

The website for SkyCare appears to be inactive. A litany of (uncorroborated) complaints about its EHR can be found at RipOffReport.com.

Just 48 eligible professionals have attested to Stage 1 meaningful use with SkyCare technology, according to ONC. While the products were certified at the time of their attestations, those four-dozen providers will need to transition to other certified tools if they wish to continue with the program.

Those with SkyCare EHRs still installed can apply for a hardship exception to avoid Medicare payment adjustments as they move to new technology.

"We take our responsibility to provide appropriate oversight of certified EHR products seriously and have every expectation that users will have systems that meet the technological capabilities and requirements adopted by Health and Human Services and will take action accordingly," said National Coordinator Karen DeSalvo, MD, in a statement.

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