News | July 31, 2014

Varian Aria Oncology Information System Certified for Stage 1 and 2 Meaningful Use

July 31, 2014 — Varian Medical Systems announced its Aria oncology information system (OIS) has been certified to demonstrate stage 1 and 2 meaningful use (MU) of an electronic health record (EHR). Clinicians will soon be able to use the system to qualify for funding under the federal government's program to improve clinical care by promoting the adoption and effective use of EHRs at healthcare institutions.

The Aria system for both medical and radiation oncology were tested and certified as a Complete Ambulatory EHR under the Drummond Group's Electronic Health Records Office of the National Coordinator Authorized Certification Body (ONC-ACB) program. The Drummond Group's ONC-ACB certification program certifies that EHRs meet the MU criteria for eligible providers.

Varian's Aria software system is a comprehensive electronic medical record (EMR) and image management system that aggregates patient data into an organized, oncology-specific medical chart with functional components for managing clinical, administrative and financial operations for medical, radiation and surgical oncology. The certification means that the software complies with criteria adopted by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for EHRs. Eligible providers can now qualify to receive federal stimulus monies upon demonstrating MU of Varian's certified software system for establishing and maintaining EHRs.

"Enhancing the Aria system to qualify for this certification was a significant achievement and the result of close collaboration with members of the clinical oncology community," said Sukhveer Singh, vice president of Varian's Oncology Continuum Solutions group. "While this certification is relevant only to clinical sites in the U.S., we are confident that many of the interoperability and quality measures that were added to Aria will be of great use to the wider global community of clinicians."

The Aria oncology information system (version 11 MR5), coupled with the Equicare Health Solutions Active Patient Portal (version 4.2) for providing patients with secure Web-based access to important portions of their medical records, were certified together to meet the federal requirements for Complete Ambulatory EHR.

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