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Netsmart is First Health and Human Services EHR to Achieve Stage 2 Meaningful Use Certification

Avatar EHR ONC 2014 is certified as a Complete EHR to help providers qualify for Meaningful Use Stage 2 incentive funding

Overland Park, Kan., Nov. 22, 2013 – Continuing its strong leadership in Meaningful Use, Netsmart today announced that its Avatar™ EHR ONC 2014 solution has been certified as an ambulatory Complete EHR, 2014 Edition, making Netsmart the first post-acute EHR to achieve Stage 2 Meaningful Use Certification.

This latest version of Netsmart’s myAvatar™ CareRecord™ is also the first EHR designed specifically for health and services provider organizations to achieve 2014 Edition compliant Meaningful Use certification.

“Attaining Meaningful Use Stage 2 certification is just part of our larger mission to equip our clients to provide coordinated care with maximum business efficiency,” said Michael Valentine, chief executive officer, Netsmart. “Our CareRecords go far beyond the basic Stage 2 requirements with capabilities that help our clients meet pay-for-performance requirements, submit outcomes data electronically, utilize clinical decision support, benchmarking and analytics to optimize clinical and revenue cycle processes, and engage with their clients through intuitive consumer portals.” 

Stage 1 Complete and Modular Meaningful Use certification expires for all vendors on December 31, 2013, so they must successfully pass 2014 certification requirements for their users to continue to qualify for Meaningful Use incentive funds. Providers attesting for Meaningful Use dollars in 2014 must be using a 2014 certified solution. Some industry reports indicate providers are seeking other EHR alternatives if they think their current vendor will not be able to comply with the 2014 certification requirements. Netsmart is on schedule to attain Complete EHR, 2014 Edition compliant certification for its TIER®, myEvolv™, CMHC/MIS and Insight™ CareRecords in early 2014.

Behavioral health, addiction treatment, I/DD, child and family, public health, and other health and human services providers are currently eligible for Medicaid or Medicare Meaningful Use funds based on the number of Eligible Professionals (EPs), such as physicians and nurse practitioners, in their organizations.

Certification testing for Avatar 2014 was conducted by Drummond Group Inc., one of the ONC-Authorized Testing and Certification Bodies (ATCBs) for EHR certification named by the Office of the National Coordinator to provide Meaningful Use certification for EHR systems and applications.

To learn more about how Netsmart can help health and human services organizations qualify for Meaningful Use incentives, visit

About Netsmart

Netsmart is committed to helping health and human services providers deliver effective, recovery-based care with Netsmart CareFabric™, a tightly woven framework of innovative clinical and business solutions and services that supports integrated, coordinated delivery of health services across the spectrum of care.

More than 22,000 client organizations, including 450,000 care providers and more than 40 state systems use Netsmart products to help improve the quality of life for tens of millions of people each year. Netsmart clients include mental health and substance use treatment agencies, psychiatric hospitals, private and group mental health practices, public health departments, social services and child and family health agencies, vital records offices, and managed care organizations.

Netsmart is pleased to support the EveryDay Matters Foundation, which was established for behavioral and public health organizations to learn from each other and share their causes and stories. Organizations can also request grants for their cause or to help fund technology that advances the way care is delivered. For more information, visit

Learn more about how Netsmart and CareFabric are changing the face of healthcare today. Visit, call 1-800-472-5509, follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook or visit us on YouTube

Avatar, myAvatar, CareRecord, myEvolv, Insight and CareFabric are trademarks of Netsmart Technologies, Inc.
TIER is a registered trademark.

Certification Information

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.

Vendor:  Netsmart Technologies, Inc., Date Certified:  11/21/2013, Product Version:  Avatar 2014, Additional Software:  none, Certified Criteria:  170.314(a)(2,3,5,6,7,9,10,11,13,14,15); 170314(d)(1,5,6,9);  174.314(g) (2,3,4), Price Transparency: The additional costs beyond the initial EHR purchase/upgrade in order for an EP, EH, or CAE to attempt to meet meaningful use objectives and measures under the program are: All modules required for MU Stage 2, Subscriptions (recurring), Maintenance (recurring), Implementation Services (one time)

*A certification that is issued to an integrated bundle of EHR Modules shall be treated the same as a certification issued to a Complete EHR except that it must also indicate each EHR Module that comprises the bundle;

*A certification issued to a Complete EHR or EHR Module based on applicable certification criteria adopted by the ONC at subpart C of this part must be separate and distinct from any other certification(s) based on other criteria or requirements.


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