Omnicell’s Unity automated medication dispensing platform has received ONC-ATCB certification as a Modular Electronic Health Record (EHR).*
Omnicell is the first stand-alone automated medication dispensing system to receive such meaningful use certification, which will support customers in achieving meaningful use objectives of their EHR system as outlined in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to qualify for federal funding incentives.
As part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act approved in February 2009, over $19B was allocated through the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act to accelerate the adoption of electronic health records and build a national health information exchange.1
Under the new mandate, eligible hospitals and physician practices that demonstrate “meaningful use” of certified EHRs may receive Medicare and Medicaid incentive payments. Healthcare providers will also be subject to financial penalties under Medicare if they are not using electronic health records.2
The ARRA plan requires EHR vendors to undergo a certification process to ensure that their EHR systems meet the criteria required to support the meaningful use objectives. Omnicell is the only company that offers an automated dispensing system that is Modular EHR-certified and works with all HIS vendors.
Modular EHR Certification Offers Peace of Mind
While Omnicell is not an EHR vendor, Omnicell products interface closely with the hospital’s EHR. “We believe certification is important to provide our customers with peace of mind that our medication dispensing system meets the same stringent requirements as other components of their EHR,” said Randall Lipps, Omnicell president and chief executive officer.
For more information, read the Omnicell press release and see information about meaningful use of EHRs on the CMS.gov website.
Costs and Limitations
There is no specific charge or fee for EHR Modular Certification in this product-version, as it has been built into and validated on our standard release. EHR Modular certification is included in Omnicell’s standard pricing model which includes the one-time cost of purchase (which could be per facility or health system), plus interfaces preferred for the customer, and annual service fees. A contractual agreement is put in place when Omnicell is purchased with annual service renewal.
This product version does not have any product or technical limitations that could prevent or impair the implementation, configuration, maintenance, support or use of a certified capability. It does not have limitations with non-certified capabilities that may interfere with the use or implementation of any certified capabilities.
*This EHR Module is 2014 Edition compliant and has been certified by an ONC‐ACB in accordance with the applicable certification criteria adopted by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Modules tested: 170.314 (d)(1, 5, 6, 8); (g)(4); no CQMs tested; no additional software needed. This certification does not represent an endorsement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Omnicell’s OmniCenter 20.0, has been tested and certified by Drummond Group on December 17, 2015, and the certification number is 12172015-5030-6.
References: 1. Blumenthal D, Tavenner M. The “meaningful use” regulation for electronic health records. New England Journal of Medicine. 2010;363:6:501-504. 2. Pear R. Standards issued for electronic health records. New York Times (online), 7/13/10.