The Polytechnic Institute of New York University and Health Data Management, a publication for healthcare IT executives, today announced the launch of a new healthcare software testing facility. Health Data Tech Labs will provide physicians and hospitals with expert, independent reviews of electronic health records (EHR) software. Reports evaluate installation and maintenance, system configuration, user training and "test drive" use-case scenarios. They also incorporate a self-evaluation process that enables professionals to match systems to their own specific requirements.
The launch will coincide with the opening of the reimbursement period for the U.S. government's $27 billion incentive program to drive the adoption of electronic health records. To qualify for the majority of the reimbursements, healthcare providers must demonstrate "meaningful use" of electronic health record systems by the end of 2011. But incentives in most cases will cover only part of an EHR's cost, which can range from $25,000 to $100,000 per physician office.
Health Data Tech Labs was created under the direction of an advisory board composed of prominent doctors, nurses, chief medical information officers and practice administrators from across the country. New reports will be posted to www.healthdatatechlabs.com every other week and reports are priced at $299 with additional discounts for healthcare providers.