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athenaOne

The athenaOne Suite which includes athenaCollector a revenue cycle management solution and athenaClinials an EHR (electronic health records) recently ranked #1 in 2023 Best in KLAS for athenaClinials Ambulatory EMR for 11-75 physi...Read more about athenaOne

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RXNT

RXNT’s cloud-based, ONC-certified medical software—Billing, Practice Management, EHR, and more—improves clinical outcomes & revenue cycle management. Simple, transparent pricing includes free setup and training, free data transfer...Read more about RXNT

4.3 (426 reviews)

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DrChrono

DrChrono’s iPad and iPhone compatible EHR and medical billing platform allows medical practices and healthcare providers to manage patient intake, patient care, clinical charting, billing and revenue cycle management. It includes ...Read more about DrChrono

4.0 (477 reviews)

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AdvancedMD EHR

AdvancedMD is a unified suite of software solutions designed for mental health, physical therapy and medical healthcare organizations and independent physician practices. Features include practice management, electronic health rec...Read more about AdvancedMD EHR

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ChartLogic EHR

ChartLogic offers an ambulatory EHR suite that includes electronic medical record, practice management, revenue cycle management, e-prescribing and patient portal. The solution caters to primary care, surgical care and other compl...Read more about ChartLogic EHR

3.9 (62 reviews)

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Elation Health

Elation Health is the most trusted technology platform for high-value primary care. Since 2010, the company has delivered clinical-first solutions — built on a collaborative EHR platform — that help practices start, grow, communic...Read more about Elation Health

4.4 (51 reviews)

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Practice EHR

Practice EHR, a medical practice management software, was developed to accommodate the needs of small to mid-size businesses. The platform is customizable to internal medicine practices, chiropractors, physical therapists, family ...Read more about Practice EHR

4.3 (69 reviews)

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WebPT

Established in 2008, WebPT is the nation’s most trusted outpatient rehab therapy software platform in the country, helping more than 150,000 rehab therapy professionals from all practice sizes and specialties run successful and ef...Read more about WebPT

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ModMed

ModMed, also known as Modernizing Medicine®, is an award-winning software company that places doctors and patients at the center of care through an intelligent, specialty-specific cloud platform. Services include electronic health...Read more about ModMed

4.3 (167 reviews)

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NextGen Office

NextGen Office is an award-winning, cloud-based, clinical and billing solution designed for smaller, independent practices (≤ 10 providers). This all-in-one, full-service solution includes specialty-specific EHR content, an easy-t...Read more about NextGen Office

4.0 (1255 reviews)

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AestheticsPro

AestheticsPro is a cloud-based, HIPAA compliant medical spa management software solution that offers staff and calendar management along with client management, a point-of-sale and marketing tools within a suite. The staff manage...Read more about AestheticsPro

4.4 (420 reviews)

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CharmHealth

CharmHealth is a MU certified, cloud-based EHR, Practice Management and Medical Billing solution that helps healthcare organizations ranging from large multi-specialty groups to small independent medical offices function efficient...Read more about CharmHealth

4.3 (126 reviews)

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NextGen Enterprise

NextGen Healthcare provides scalable, integrated solutions and professional services to help your practice administer excellent care and operate your business more efficiently. We serve medium to large enterprise-level ambulatory ...Read more about NextGen Enterprise

4.2 (5 reviews)

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IntelleChartPRO

IntelleChartPRO is a cloud-based ophthalmology Electronic Medical Record (EMR) solution that caters to high-pathology ophthalmology clinics and retinal specialists and helps them to record and manage patient's course of treatment ...Read more about IntelleChartPRO

4.8 (25 reviews)

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PrognoCIS

PrognoCIS EHR and PrognoCIS Telemedicine have earned a reputation for fast, flexible individual provider workflow. The software package offers a full suite of highly desirable features and functions. PrognoCIS provides a cloud-bas...Read more about PrognoCIS

4.1 (287 reviews)

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Compulink Healthcare Solutions

Compulink Advantage is an all-in-one database EHR solution for specialty practices such as optometry, ophthalmology, orthopaedics, ENT, mental health, podiatry, and more. Available cloud-based or server, Advantage includes smart f...Read more about Compulink Healthcare Solutions

4.1 (283 reviews)

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Nexus EHR

Nexus EHR is an ONC Certified 2015 Edition Cures Update cloud-based ambulatory EHR and PM platform. It is designed for small to midsize practices and various specialties including orthopedics, neurology, podiatry, cardiology, gene...Read more about Nexus EHR

4.6 (9 reviews)

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AllegianceMD

AllegianceMD is a cloud-based medical software system that is designed to serve the needs of small and midsize practices, as well as ambulatory surgery centers. The solution includes practice management functionality for billing a...Read more about AllegianceMD

4.3 (24 reviews)

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zHealth

zHealth is an industry-leading, all-in-one chiropractic software with features - custom SOAP notes, integrated billing, scheduling & real-time phone support. The software comes with online appointment scheduling and unlimited rem...Read more about zHealth

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TheraOffice

TheraOffice is an electronic medical records (EMR) and practice management solution specifically designed for physical therapy and rehabilitation practices. The single sign-on, fully-integrated application includes scheduling, doc...Read more about TheraOffice

4.6 (25 reviews)

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Buyers Guide

Last Updated: March 16, 2023

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What is an ONC-ATCB Certified EHR Software?

Compare ONC-ATCB Certified EHR Software

Updates on Meaningful Use and Certification Requirements

Market Trends to Understand

What is an ONC-ATCB Certified EHR Software?

In 2010, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) selected six organizations to test and certify electronic health records (EHR) software, which are also known as electronic medical records (EMR) software. Dubbed ONC-Authorized Testing and Certification Bodies, or ONC-ATCBs, these six companies determine which EHRs meet criteria to support "meaningful use" (established by the Secretary of Health and Human Services).

An ONC-ATCB certified software assures users that the EHR software system comprises the technological capabilities, functionalities and security requirements that meet the criteria of meaningful use. The certification also ensures the provision of a compatible and structured format for patient data that can be retrieved from and transferred to other EHR systems.

More than 500 products for ambulatory practices and 275 products for inpatient practices have received ONC-ATCB certification. In addition, they meet EHR meaningful use/EMR meaningful use requirements. These numbers will continue to rise over the next few years as more medical software vendors apply for this certification.

Compare ONC-ATCB Certified EHR Software

Below is a breakdown of the six ONC-ATCBs, along with brief descriptions of each company: where they're located, when they were authorized and what types of EHRs they certify.

CCHIT

The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology is based in Chicago, Illinois. It was authorized as an ONC-ATCB on September 3, 2010. However, as of January 29, 2014, it has stopped certifying new EHR systems though ast certifications will still be honored. CCHIT certifications include both complete EHR systems and modules.

Drummond Group

Based in Austin, Texas, it was also authorized on September 3, 2010 and provides certifications to complete EHR systems and modules.

ICSA Labs

Based in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, it was authorized on December 10, 2010. It certifies complete EHR systems and modules.

InfoGard

InfoGard Laboratories is located in San Luis Obispo, California. It was authorized on September 24, 2010. It also certifies complete EHR systems and modules.

SLI Global Solutions

Based in Denver, Colorado, it was also authorized on December 10, 2010. It also certifies complete EHR systems and EHR modules.

Surescripts

Surescripts is based in Arlington, Virginia. It was authorized on December 23, 2010. Its scope of authorization includes EHR modules, e-Prescribing, privacy and security.

It’s important for providers to understand that a single, certified product may not make them eligible for incentive payments under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act. A product can be either a complete EHR or an EHR module.

For example, a software company could get certification for an e-Prescribing tool. This is an important distinction. Providers must implement two or more modular EHRs that, when combined, meet 100 percent of the ONC EHR criteria (or at least a complete meaningful use EHR/meaningful use EMR system). Here are four key questions that providers should ask during their EHR comparison and while evaluating ONC-ATCB certified vendors:

  • Which certification has the vendor received? CCHIT, KLAS or ONC-ATCB? Providers must use an ONC-certified EHR/ONC-certified EMR system to receive the Stimulus incentives.

  • Which version of the software has been certified? Providers need to make sure the version they own or purchase has ONC-ATCB certification.

  • Has the vendor received certification for a complete or modular EHR? As noted above, providers must implement two or more modular EHRs that meet 100 percent of ONC criteria.

  • Has the product been renamed by a reseller or other business partner? Providers need to make sure the renamed version has been approved, even if the original product received certification.

Updates on Meaningful Use and Certification Requirements

On February 24, 2012, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) released their proposal for “stage 2” of the EHR meaningful use criteria. There are three major requirements or outcomes of stage 2:

  • The standardization of data formats so that EHRs are interoperable.

  • The ability for patients to access and download their health records.

  • An expanded set of quality metrics that will include specialists and that will help to demonstrate outcomes, such as coordination of care.

When the rules were released in 2012, eligible providers (EPs) didn’t need to demonstrate meaningful use of EHR software until 2014 (at least for the stage 2 requirements). There are 20 functional metrics and 12 clinical quality measures that providers will need to track. The entire proposal is available on the Federal Register website.

Market Trends to Understand

These are the key market trends which should be considered by a user while choosing an EHR provider:

Web-based EHR software trumps on-premise solutions: Users are increasingly preferring web-based (i.e., hosted online or in the cloud) EHR software over on-premise solutions (i.e., hosted locally). Web-based software enables the practitioner to access patient data and other medical records, including billing and scheduling information from anywhere and on any device. These solutions mostly offer subscription-based services instead of requiring a one-time investment. This helps management save up on direct costs that they’d incurred on on-premise systems as web-based systems require only monthly payments.

EHR buyers prefer integration: According to a survey in our EHR Software Buyer Report – 2014, the majority of buyers prefer EHR software over a standalone software as they’re able to integrate EHR software with medical billing and scheduling applications. This integration ensures that all the information is consolidated in one place and users can get an holistic view of data. In addition, users are able to generate more efficient reports after data integration. This measure helps them make strategic decisions.

Mobile device support is growing: The medical industry has seen a rise in the use of portable devices, such as iPhones, iPads as well as Android phones and tablets, to monitor and access patient information. This trend has increased the demand of mobile support for EHR software. It allows medical practitioners to send appointment reminders to patients on their mobile devices. This increases a clinic’s overall efficiency as it results in the maximum patient turnaround.

How to Check Whether Your Selected Software Vendor is ONC-ATCB Certified

Users can get the comprehensive report of all certified Health Modules that have been tested and certified by ONC Health IT Certification Program in the Certified Health IT Product List (CHPL).

For more information on CHPL, refer to this User Guide.