GREAT RIVER, N.Y., Dec. 8, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Netsmart Technologies, Inc., a leading provider of software and services for health and human services organizations, today announced that its Avatar™ 2011 electronic health record (EHR) software has achieved 100 percent ONC-ATCB ARRA ambulatory and inpatient certification, making Netsmart the first behavioral healthcare software provider to offer a complete ARRA-certified EHR both for Eligible Professionals (EPs) and Hospital incentives.
Testing was conducted under Drummond Group's Electronic Health Records ONC-ATCB program. Drummond Group, Inc., is an Authorized Testing and Certification Body (ONC-ATCB)  named by the Office of the National Coordinator to provide Meaningful Use certification for EHR systems and applications. Drummond's Certification Committee has issued Netsmart's certification IDs, and Avatar 2011 will be designated as a Complete EHR on the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Certified Health IT Product List.
"We're pleased to offer our industry's first complete ARRA-certified EHR," said James L. Conway, chief executive officer, Netsmart Technologies. "The investment required to achieve certification for our enterprise software products demonstrates our commitment to help our customers qualify for Meaningful Use funding and gain additional resources to better serve their consumers in these times of budget cutbacks."
In addition to the Meaningful Use monetary incentives, use of EHR technology can improve quality of care, advance patient safety, increase customer satisfaction and enhance office efficiency. Facilities and practices using a certified EHR may also experience increased profitability through reduced costs and increased revenue.
Netsmart chose to attain complete certification to provide its customers with a comprehensive ARRA solution.