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Quest Diagnostics' Care360â„¢ EHR Module Receives Preliminary ARRA IFR Stage 1 Certification

Mon, 08/23/2010 - 1:35pm
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MADISON, N.J., Aug. 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Quest Diagnostics (NYSE: DGX), the world's leading provider of diagnostic testing, information and services, today announced that its Care360™ Electronic Health Record (EHR), Version 2010.1, has been inspected by the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT®) and is a certified EHR Module, IFR Stage 1, achieving all 14 of the requirements applied for of the 24 requirements for Eligible Providers published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in the Interim Final Rule of January 2010. The Care360 suite of services is developed by MedPlus, Quest Diagnostics' health information technology subsidiary.

The preliminary program is designed to demonstrate that a vendor's product is well prepared to be certified once Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) accredited testing and certification becomes available. Interim requirements were revised with the publication of the final rules on July 13, 2010.  For the purpose of qualifying products for American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) incentives, CCHIT anticipates but has not yet received accreditation by ONC/HHS. Inspection information is available at http://www.cchit.org/products.

"Our Care360 EHR certification milestone is further recognition of Quest Diagnostics' industry leadership in providing interoperable, secure and modular healthcare technology solutions," said Richard A. Mahoney, Quest Diagnostics' vice president of Healthcare Information Solutions and president of its MedPlus healthcare information technology subsidiary. "It is but one demonstration of our unwavering commitment to empower the nation's physicians with relevant, easy to use, affordable technologies that help them both improve patient care and qualify for government incentives."

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