SOURCE: VersaSuite

January 29, 2007 13:43 ET

VersaSuite Receives CCHIT Certification

Software Complies With 100 Percent of Certification Criteria

AUSTIN, TX -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 29, 2007 -- The Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT(SM)) today announced that Universal Software Solutions is CCHIT Certified(SM) for its product, VersaSuite 7.5 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 -- an independent, non-profit organization that sets the benchmark for electronic health records.

As a CCHIT Certified product, VersaSuite 7.5 has been tested and passed inspection of 100 percent of a comprehensive 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."

"USSI is pleased to receive the CCHIT seal of approval for our VersaSuite 7.5 EHR," said Todd Heinsch, Northeast Sales Manager of USSI. "VersaSuite is a highly versatile, integrated and customizable healthcare software solution that meets the ever-changing needs of any size healthcare organizations at a reasonable cost while improving the quality of patient care."

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, re-creates 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 Universal Software Solutions, Inc. /dba VersaSuite

USSI is an established software firm based in the Silicon Hills of Austin, Texas, since 1994. VersaSuite is a state-of-the-art healthcare software system that offers integrated solutions for managing all aspects of patient, employee and business related activities of a healthcare clinic. It is scaleable, and can be used in a stand-alone or in a multi-location, multi-disciplinary enterprise-wide setting. The VersaSuite EHR is highly customizable solution that can accommodate the charting needs of any medical discipline. VersaSuite PM is a sophisticated Practice Management System that handles patient scheduling and recall, billing, electronic claim filing, inventory control, and marketing assessment and promotion. The office management modules automate such tasks as accounting, payroll processing, human resources management, employee time tracking and scheduling. All the modules are seamlessly integrated. More information on VersaSuite can be found at


The Certification Committee for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT(SM)), founded in 2004, is an independent, nonprofit organization. Its mission is to accelerate the adoption of robust, interoperable health information technology by creating an efficient, credible and sustainable product certification program. CCHIT accomplishes its work through contributions of hundreds of expert volunteers and constructive engagement by stakeholders throughout the health care industry. In September 2005, CCHIT was awarded a contract by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to develop, create prototypes for, and evaluate the certification criteria and inspection process for EHRs and the networks through which they interoperate. In October 2006, CCHIT was deemed a Recognized Certification Body by the Department of Health and Human Services. More information on CCHIT and CCHIT Certified(SM) products is available at

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

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