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Netsmart's Insight passes ARRA certification

April 20, 2011
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Great River, N.Y. — Netsmart Technologies, Inc., a provider of software and services for health and human services organizations, has announced that its Insight 7.0 public health electronic health record (EHR) software successfully completed ARRA ONC-ATCB certification testing for the 21 ARRA certification tests for which it was submitted, earning a Certificate of EHR Compliance for 19 General and Ambulatory criteria.

Insight 7.0 software, in conjunction with Netsmart's e-prescribing, consumer Web portal and health information exchange (HIE) interoperability technology, will help local health departments meet the criteria and take advantage of the significant funding provided for the Meaningful Use of EHRs. Netsmart plans to complete the 13 remaining ARRA tests by the third quarter of 2011 to make Insight 7.0 software a Complete Ambulatory ARRA-certified EHR. Insight software is unique among ambulatory practice management and EHR solutions because it is designed to meet the specific requirements of local health departments.

The successful testing of Insight 7.0 software included passage of nine required security-related modules and other tests in such areas as health information exchange connectivity, monitoring smoking status, capturing vital signs, plotting growth charts, providing client-specific education resources, generating client lists and reminders, and maintaining an up-to-date problem list.

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.

"This achievement further demonstrates Netsmart's full commitment to preparing our software and our customers for achieving Meaningful Use," said James L. Conway, chief executive officer, Netsmart Technologies. "With this latest certification of our Insight public health software, all three of Netsmart's enterprise solutions have either achieved or will soon achieve complete ARRA certification."

Local health departments must use an ARRA-certified EHR and meet all required criteria to qualify for Medicaid and Medicare incentive payments for the Meaningful Use of EHR technology. Health departments are currently eligible for ARRA incentives based on the number of Eligible Professionals (EPs), such as physicians and nurse practitioners, in their organization, assuming the organization meets criteria for Meaningful Use of a certified EHR and the professionals assign their incentives to the organization. The total benefit for Medicaid Eligible Professionals is $63,750 per EP over a six-year period - a significant financial incentive for organizations.

In the first year of participation in the Medicaid Meaningful Use funding program, healthcare providers need only adopt (purchase) an ARRA-certified EHR to meet the Meaningful Use requirement of using an ARRA-certified EHR. There is no requirement to demonstrate Meaningful Use in the first year, and no EHR reporting is required. Eligible providers who have already adopted, implemented or upgraded to an ARRA-certified EHR would also receive a first year payment.

To learn more about how Netsmart can help public health and behavioral health organizations qualify for Meaningful Use incentives, visit www.ntst.com/meaningfuluse.

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