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LWSI receives full EHR certification

October 17, 2011
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Little Rock, Ark. — LWSI, Inc., a provider of software and services for Behavioral Health organizations, today announced that its Essentia electronic health record (EHR) software has achieved 100 percent ONC-ATCB ARRA ambulatory certification.

This testing and certification 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 LWSI's certification IDs, and Essentia 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 provide our clients the ability to utilize LWSI solutions to meet all Stage 1 criteria for Meaningful Use of an EHR, avoiding the need to integrate solutions from multiple vendors." says Mickey Lavender, CEO/President of Lavender and Wyatt Systems, Inc.

LWSI's Meaningful Use-related solutions include a Complete ARRA-Certified EHR, Consumer Web portal, access to Electronic Laboratory Results, Essentia Rx e-prescribing, connection to Health Information Exchanges, and an intuitive solution that captures and shares outcomes data.

Lavender went on to say, "This certification is the culmination of a substantial, concerted effort on the part of our team as well as our customer's. It is a tribute to their dedication and perseverance that we have been able to achieve certification. We believe the certification of our system is yet another example of LWSI's continued commitment to maintaining our position as the leading provider of Behavioral Healthcare information technology."

Essentia v6, which met the requirements for The Complete EHR Certification, is an enterprise behavioral health software solution that brings together EMR, business intelligence, human services, and financial functions (such as general ledger and payroll).

Organizations can deploy Essentia software in-house, running on a single server, or as a managed, software-as-a-service solution. In either case, a web-based interface simplifies information access and reduces the time required to learn the new system.

Behavioral health organizations are currently eligible for Medicaid or Medicare Meaningful Use funds based on the number of 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.

"The need to leverage information technology in the healthcare industry is huge—as the quality of care and efficiency benefits that come with computerization can really make a difference in the overall patient experience.

We're ready to help transform the industry by providing the sophisticated software testing services that ensure that vendors and hospitals are offering systems that are capable of meeting the meaningful use standards required to obtain incentive funds as well as the rich functionality required to move the clinical care needle forward," says Rik Drummond, CEO of the Drummond Group.

"We have been testing software for more than a decade and are ready to leverage our extensive experience handling sophisticated systems in complex industries as well as dealing with complicated technical issues such as interoperability and security."