Pulse Systems Updates EHR Platform With Patient Portal Enhancements

The Pulse Complete EHR offers customization with specialty-specific features and templates, which can be integrated into a physician's practice.

Electronic health record (EHR), practice management and revenue cycle management solutions specialist Pulse Systems announced the release of its 2014 Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) HIT Certified Meaningful Use Stage 2 Complete EHR, version 4.2 software.

The latest update, which contains features required by ONC for certification, as well as enhancements requested by Pulse clients, provides advanced demographic input features and updates to immunizations and vaccine interoperability functions.

The Pulse Complete EHR offers additional customization with specialty-specific features and templates, all of which can be integrated into a physician's practice. Pulse also offers advanced clinical data conversion services to assist providers with converting both clinical and non-clinical data from other health care IT vendors.

The ONC 2014 Edition criteria support both Stage 1 and Stage 2 Meaningful Use measures required to qualify eligible providers and hospitals for funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

Other features include syndromic surveillance messages generated from health maintenance, secure communications with other health care professionals and the ability to generate Consolidated-Clinical Document Architecture (CCDA) for Health Insurance Exchange (HIE) interoperability.

Rounding out the package is a problem list associated with Snowmed clinical terminology and increased care coordination through enhancements to the Pulse Patient Portal, which includes secure messaging and export of lab results.

"The release of our 2014 ONC HIT Certified Complete EHR, version 4.2, features numerous enhancements to support our clients in their practices and improve their interactions with patients," Chris Gregg, chief technology officer for Pulse Systems, said in a statement. "We pride ourselves as being the best in the business at listening to our clients' needs and suggestions, and incorporating that feedback into our solutions. By having a thorough understanding of our clients' workflow, we can be the technology partner they need to help our providers deliver better care, while helping each attest for Meaningful Use."

The Pulse Complete EHR version 4.2, is licensed on a per-provider basis with monthly recurring fees and includes all components to meet Meaningful Use, according to a company release.

The ONC HIT Certification Program certifies that Complete EHRs meet all of the 2014 Edition criteria and EHR modules meet one or more–but not all–of the criteria approved by the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) for either eligible provider or hospital technology.

In August, Pulse announced its Complete EHR version 4.2 was compliant with the ONC 2014 Edition criteria and was certified as a Complete EHR by the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT), in accordance with the eligible provider certification criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services.