SOURCE: Endosoft, a division of Utech Products, Inc.

May 01, 2007 16:57 ET

Utech Products, Inc.'s Endosoft Suite Receives CCHIT Certification

Software Complies With 100 Percent of Certification Criteria

SCHENECTADY, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 1, 2007 -- The Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT(SM)) today announced that Endosoft®, a Division of Utech Products, Inc.'s product Endosoft® Suite Version 3.0.3.5 is CCHIT Certified(SM), and meets CCHIT ambulatory electronic health record (EHR) criteria for 2006. Ambulatory EHRs are designed for physician offices and clinics where most Americans get their healthcare. CCHIT is a Recognized Certification Body in the United States for certifying health information technology products -- an independent, nonprofit organization that sets the benchmark for EHRs.

As a CCHIT Certified product, Endosoft® Suite Version 3.0.3.5 has been tested and passed inspection of 100 percent of a set of criteria for:

functionality (ability to create and manage electronic records for all patients, as well as automating workflow in a physician's office), interoperability (a first step in the ability to receive and send electronic data to other entities such as laboratories), and security (ability to keep patients' information safe).

The CCHIT Certified mark -- a "seal of approval" for EHR products -- provides the first consensus-based, consistent benchmark for ambulatory products. By looking to products with the CCHIT Certified seal, physicians and other providers can be assured they are making a reliable investment and insurers and other payers know the products meet expected industry standards.

"Physicians who purchase certified products have the assurance that they have been reviewed by a panel of judges, including practicing physicians, and that they are being evaluated against standards set by professionals in the field and successfully piloted with products from large and small companies," said Mark Leavitt, M.D., Ph.D., chair, CCHIT. "The quality and safety of EHR products can now be measured using certification criteria that were developed specifically for that purpose."

"Though specialty medicine certification is not yet available, we're pleased to be the first company dedicated primarily to gastroenterology, urology and orthopedic software development to attain CCHIT certification," said Rakesh Madan, President and chief executive officer of Utech Products. "The Endosoft Suite provides the features, functionality, and ease of use necessary for physicians to adopt the EHR quickly while minimizing disruption to their current workflow. We believe that this achievement demonstrates in a tangible way our dedication to helping our customers implement an integrated electronic health record."

The goals of CCHIT product certification are to reduce the risk of HIT investment by physicians and other providers; ensure interoperability of HIT products; enhance the availability of HIT adoption incentives from purchasers and payers; and protect the privacy of personal health information.

CCHIT's certification compliance criteria and its design for a certification inspection process have been thoroughly researched, taking into account the state of the art of EHRs and available standards, and comparing certification processes in other industries and other countries. The inspection process is based on real-life medical scenarios designed to test products rigorously against the clinical needs of providers and the quality and safety needs of healthcare consumers and payers. One script, for example, recreates a scenario of an elderly man with poorly controlled diabetes, hypertension and other chronic conditions in order to test EHR functions such as potential adverse drug reactions, disease management and treatment plans.

About ENDOSOFT

Endosoft®, a division of Utech Products, Inc is headquartered in Schenectady, NY and is the leading provider of fully integrated healthcare information systems which automate the workflow and streamline the entire documentation process in a physician office, ASC or Clinical Department in a Hospital. Endosoft® Suite includes Patient and staff Scheduling, Billing, Office EMR, Procedure EMR, ENR® (Electronic Nursing Record) Document Management and Inventory Management.

Endosoft® Suite is based on state of the art technology with built-in ability to interface with all major labs, pharmacies, hospital information systems, PACS and other clinical devices using X12, HL7 and DICOM interfaces. More information on Endosoft® and Endosoft® Suite 3.0.3.5 is available at www.endosoft.com

About CCHIT

The Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT(SM)) is an independent, nonprofit organization that has been recognized by the federal government as an official certification body for electronic health record products. Its mission is to accelerate the adoption of health information technology by creating a credible, sustainable product certification program. The certification requirements are based on widely accepted industry standards and involve the work of hundreds of expert volunteers and input from a variety of stakeholders throughout the health care industry. More information on CCHIT and CCHIT Certified(SM) products is available at www.cchit.org.

"CCHIT(SM)" and "CCHIT Certified(SM)" are service marks of the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology.

Endosoft® is a registered trademark of Utech Products, Inc.

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