Marshfield Clinic's CattailsMD (Version 5) is the first internally developed ambulatory electronic health record (EHR) in the nation to achieve Certification Commission for Healthcare Information TechnologySM (CCHIT) certification.
CCHIT today announced that Marshfield Clinic is CCHIT CertifiedSM for its product ? CattailsMD (Version 5) - and meets CCHIT ambulatory EHR criteria for 2006. Ambulatory EHRs are designed for clinics and physician offices where most Americans get their health care.
"This certification acknowledges the comprehensiveness of Marshfield Clinic's EHR," said Carl Christensen, chief information officer, Marshfield Clinic.
"Widespread implementation of functional, interoperable and secure EHRs plays an important role in transforming our health care system to be safer, more efficient, timely, patient-centered, equitable and effective. Information technology plays an important role in Marshfield Clinic's commitment to improving the health of patients we serve. I am very proud of the work done by Marshfield Clinic's physicians and Information Systems professionals in building this state-of-the-art EHR."
"Our pursuit of CCHIT Certified status is one more example of Marshfield Clinic's commitment to remain a national leader in using information technology to improve patient care," said Justin Starren, M.D., Ph.D., FACMI, director, Marshfield Clinic Biomedical Informatics Research Center and associate medical director, Medical Informatics.
According to Karl Ulrich, M.D., M.M.M., president and chief executive officer, Marshfield Clinic, "an internally-developed EHR must stand up to criticism from physicians who use it. Over time, our product has been scrutinized and developed by physicians who work intimately with our programmers to make it physician-friendly. If it doesn't work for end users, it is not implemented. As Marshfield Clinic moves to commercialize our EHR, we will actively continue to see
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