Updox Achieves 2014 Edition 2 ONC-HIT Modular Certification for Direct Secure Messaging from Drummond Group LLC
Direct Messaging and View, Download, & Transmit Certifications Reinforce Updox's Continued Industry Leadership in Interoperability
Dublin, Ohio, April 14, 2015 – Reinforcing its commitment to interoperability, Updox, the industry leader for physician connectivity and CRM solutions for health care, announced today at HIMSS15 that it achieved Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC-HIT) 2014 Edition Modular Certification via Drummond Group LLC, an Authorized Certification Body (ACB) that has been empowered to test software for compliance with the requirements of the federal government’s program. Updox is one of the first in the nation to achieve the new modular certification for Direct Messaging and also received certification for "View, Download & Transmit and Electronic Secure Messaging," which Updox provides in its patient portal solution.
The stamp of approval designates that the software offers the functionality that enables eligible providers and hospitals to meet Stage 1 and Stage 2 Meaningful Use requirements, qualifying these organizations to receive payments under the ongoing EHR adoption program. EHR vendors that originally did not certify with Updox can now begin offering their customers the flexibility of Updox for Direct secure messaging and/or patient portal solutions to meet Meaningful Use's secure messaging and patient engagement criteria. Also, physician practices can choose to use Updox as an alternative to their EHR-provided Direct messaging and portal solutions.
"Our new modular certification combined with our three DirectTrust.org and EHNAC accreditations give our users the confidence in our solution and our commitment to interoperability," said Michael Morgan, chief executive officer, Updox. "As a technology, Direct messaging is revolutionizing the way health care communicates. We’re taking the lead to pioneer innovative ways to extend how Direct supports interoperability and expand the value of the technology to impact care.”
As a result of the certification from the Drummond Group, Updox 2014.1 will be included on the list of ONC Certified Products for these criteria:
- e1 – View, Download, & Transmit
- e3 – Secure Messaging
- h1 – Direct messaging
- g1 – MU Measures associated with e1 and e3
- g4 – Quality Management System
"We continue to get requests from EHR vendors who would like to switch from their existing solution to Updox for Direct messaging and patient portal solutions. Before this, they would have had to recertify but now we are able to offer them our certified solutions in a way that is easy for them to switch from their current partners," said Morgan.
Updox is the HISP of choice for more than 45 EHRs representing 150,000 physicians across the United States. The solution has become so widely adopted because of its easy integration and the opportunities it allows to share health care information easily and securely, a vital part of truly connecting health care for information exchange.
"We selected Updox as our HISP for Direct messaging and also a patient portal option for our customers. Updox delivered an easy-to-implement, cost-effective solution with smooth integration and a great support team. It’s been extremely valuable to our customers who are pursuing Meaningful Use,” said Robert D. Bridgman, Marketing Director, American Medical Software. “It's given our customers a great advantage in their ability to share information in a timely, secure, efficient manner. Updox helps ensure our customers have a cutting-edge solution that benefits both their patients and their bottom lines."
With more than a dozen years of testing experience across various industries, Drummond Group LLC (DG) brings a high level of technical expertise to this process. Its healthcare experience also runs deep, having certified hundreds of EHRs since becoming an ACB in 2010. In addition, DG acts as a certification authority in the Electronic Prescriptions for Controlled Substances (EPCS) and Controlled Substance Ordering Systems (CSOS) initiatives.
The ONC Health IT Certification Program provides assurance to purchasers and other users that a system meets the technological capability, functionality, and security requirements adopted by HHS. Certification also gives providers and patients confidence that the Health IT products and systems they use are secure and can work with other systems to share information (interoperability).
For more information about partnering with Updox for Direct messaging service or patient portal solution, visit www.updox.com.
Providing Customer Relationship Management (CRM) for health care, Updox is the industry leading Physician Connectivity Platform. More than 45 electronic health record (EHR) vendors, representing 150,000 physicians, selected Updox as their Health Information Service Provider (HISP) of choice to be a part of the Updox Direct Network (UDN). With our CRM solutions, health care providers and practices can easily manage communications from one inbox, streamline physician relationships, drive collaboration with partners and engage patients – all integrated with the practice’s existing EHR. Practices benefit through improved relationships with patients and other providers, increased revenues, reduced costs, and enhanced business efficiencies.
Updox services are available directly to independent physicians or through partnerships with EHR vendors to help practices run more efficiently, increase revenues and offer patients a more satisfying experience. More than 100,000 members have joined Updox to change how medical practices collaborate and share information.
Updox achieved full accreditation with the Direct Trusted Agent Accreditation Program (DTAAP) as a Health Information Service Provider/Registration Authority/Certificate Authority (HISP/RA/CA) from DirectTrust.org and the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC). Additionally, Updox is a founding member of Carequality. Formed by Healtheway, Carequality is an open, transparent and inclusive industry-driven effort that convenes stakeholders and facilitates industry consensus to develop and maintain a standards-based interoperability framework to enable information exchange between and among networks.
About Drummond Group LLC
Drummond Group LLC is a global software test and certification lab that serves a wide range of vertical industries. In healthcare, Drummond Group LLC tests and certifies Controlled Substance Ordering Systems (CSOS), Electronic Prescription of Controlled Substances (EPCS) software and processes, and Electronic Health Records (EHRs) – designating the trusted test lab as the only third-party certifier of all three initiatives designed to move the industry toward a digital future. Founded in 1999, and accredited for the Office of the National Coordinator HIT Certification Program as an Authorized Certification Body (ACB) and an Authorized Test Lab (ATL), Drummond Group LLC continues to build upon its deep experience and expertise necessary to deliver reliable and cost-effective services. For more information, please visit http://www.drummondgroup.com.
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