PALO ALTO, Calif., Oct. 9, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Varian Medical Systems (NYSE:VAR) today announced that its ARIA® oncology information system has been certified as a Complete Electronic Health Record (EHR). As a result, hospitals and clinics can use ARIA to qualify for financial incentives from the Medicare and Medicaid programs when they demonstrate meaningful use of the technology.
"Varian is committed to the creation of digital tools that connect the entire oncology community, and enable coordinated care," said Sukhveer Singh, vice president of Varian's Oncology Continuum Solutions group. "The ARIA system provides a seamless flow of information for managing the patient's entire journey—from diagnosis through follow-up. This certification means that our customers in the U.S. can continue to use ARIA to attest for the Meaningful Use 2014 measures, and thereby qualify for incentive payments from the federal government."
ARIA is a comprehensive electronic medical record and image management system that aggregates patient data into an organized, oncology-specific medical chart with functional components for managing clinical, administrative and financial operations for medical, radiation and surgical oncology.
The ARIA oncology information system (version 13.6 MR1), coupled with the Equicare Health Patient Portal for providing patients with secure web-based access to important portions of their medical records, were certified together to meet the federal requirements for Complete Ambulatory EHR.
This Complete EHR is 2014 Edition compliant and has been certified by an ONC-ACB in accordance with the applicable certification criteria adopted by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This certification does not represent an endorsement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services or guarantee the receipt of incentive payments.
ARIA version 13.6 MR1 was certified on September 17, 2015. Certificate ID numbers are 09172015-2631-6 (for radiation oncology) and 09172015-2630-6 (for medical oncology). The modules tested were: 170.314 (a)(1-15); (b)(1-5, 7); (c)(1-3); (d)(1-8); (e)(1-3); (f)(1-3); (g)(2-4). Clinical Quality Measures tested were: 2v3; 50v2; 68v3; 69v2; 124v2; 125v2; 129v3; 130v2; 138v2; 139v2; 140v2; 141v3; 154v2; 156v2; 157v2; 165v2. Additional software used: DataMotion, Equicare Health Patient Portal
These certified products generally involve one-time license fees plus some ongoing costs:
- ARIA Disease Management, a one-time initial license fee and ongoing Software Support Agreement (SSA) fees.
- Equicare Health Solutions Active Patient Portal, a one-time initial license fee and ongoing SSA fees.
- ePrescribing, a one-time initial license fee and ongoing SSA fees.
- Interfaces: In and Outbound Laboratory, Immunization, Syndromic Health, a one-time initial license fee/interface and ongoing SSA fees.
- DIRECT, a one-time initial license fee and ongoing service fees.
About Varian Medical Systems
Varian Medical Systems, Inc., of Palo Alto, California, focuses energy on saving lives by equipping the world with advanced technology for fighting cancer and for X-ray imaging. The company is the world's leading manufacturer of medical devices and software for treating cancer and other medical conditions with radiation. The company provides comprehensive solutions for radiotherapy, radiosurgery, proton therapy and brachytherapy. The company supplies informatics software for managing comprehensive cancer clinics, radiotherapy centers and medical oncology practices. Varian is also a premier supplier of X-ray imaging components, including tubes, digital detectors, and image processing software and workstations for use in medical, scientific, and industrial settings, as well as for security and non-destructive testing. Varian Medical Systems employs approximately 6,900 people who are located at manufacturing sites in North America, Europe, and China and approximately 70 sales and support offices around the world. For more information, visit www.varian.com or follow us on Twitter.
About Drummond Group Inc.
Drummond Group Inc. is a global software test and certification lab that serves a wide range of vertical industries. In healthcare, Drummond Group tests and certifies Controlled Substance Ordering Systems (CSOS), Electronic Prescription of Controlled Substances (EPCS) software and processes, and
Electronic Health Records (EHRs) – designating the trusted test lab as the only third-party certifier of all three initiatives designed to move the industry toward a digital future. Founded in 1999, and accredited for the Office of the National Coordinator HIT Certification Program as an Authorized Certification Body (ACB) and an Accredited Test Lab (ATL), Drummond Group continues to build upon its deep experience and expertise necessary to deliver reliable and cost-effective services. For more information, please visit drummondgroup.com or email DGI@drummondgroup.com.
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