You’ve all heard me say again and again why I love NextGen EHR. One of the reasons why I believe NextGen is one of the best systems out is there is because they demonstrate Meaningful Use really effectively. Most of their clients are securing maximum Meaningful Use incentives.
So, how does NextGen demonstrate Meaningful Use so effectively?
To get stimulus funds, doctors and hospitals must use an EHR that’s certified by an Authorized Testing and Certification Body (ATCB). NextGen’s Ambulatory EHR version 5.6 SP1 is certified as a Complete EHR.
Of course, there are many different factors that are involved in certification. NextGen’s 5.6 SP1 fulfills the following criteria for Meaningful Use:
- Users must use computer-provided order entry (CPOE) for medication orders.
- Implement drug-drug and drug-allergy interaction checks.
- Generate and transmit e-Prescriptions.
- Record patient demographics (including preferred language, gender, race, ethnicity, and date of birth).
- Maintain up-to-date problem list of current and active diagnoses.
- Maintain active medication list.
- Maintain active allergy list.
- Record and charge changes in vital signs (including height, weight, blood pressure, and BMI).
- Record smoking status in patients older than 13 years old.
- Provide patients with an electronic copy of their health information (including diagnostic test results, medication lists, etc.)
- Provides clinical summaries to patients for each office visit.
- Capable of exchanging key patient information with other care providers and patient-authorized entities.
- Protect electronic health care information with appropriate technological capabilities.
- Incorporate clinical lab test results into certified EHR as structured data.
- Generate lists of patients based on specific conditions for research or outreach purposes.
- Use technology to identify patient-specific educational resources, and provide those to patient if appropriate.
- Provide summary of care records to another provider if patient requests it.
As you can see, this is a pretty exhaustive list. And what I’ve written here is not complete; there are several other ways NextGen fulfills the Meaningful Use criteria.
So far, over 1,600 clinics and hospitals are using NextGen, demonstrating Meaningful Use, and getting the maximum incentives allowed. As you’ll hear me say time and time again, I’ve worked with many different EHR systems and truly believe that NextGen is the best choice for most clinics and hospitals.