Netsmart is First and Only Behavioral Health EHR to Attain ONC Health IT Certification

OVERLAND PARK, Kan.--()--Netsmart, the largest healthcare IT provider to connect behavioral health and post-acute to the rest of healthcare, announced it is the first and currently, the only behavioral health electronic record (EHR) provider to achieve the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology 2015 Edition Health IT Module Certification. The Drummond Group LLC, an Authorized Certification Body (ACB) has tested the software for compliance with the requirements of the federal government’s program.

The myAvatar® solution, the EHR for behavioral health providers, met the requirements set forth by the Drummond Group LLC to become the first behavioral health EHR to receive this certification.

“Our ability to be agile and respond to rapid changes in the healthcare environment have allowed us to invest in solutions that will position us to meet regulations proposed for future requirements,” said Netsmart CEO Mike Valentine. “Our team has been working side-by-side with our clients for almost 50 years to understand their needs and create solutions for their challenges, which is why it’s vital that we innovate solutions that meet compliance requirements without delays.”

2017 is a critical year for organizations to realize the advantages of utilizing a certified EHR to help manage care quality. In alignment with MACRA/MIPS, quality indicators submitted by healthcare organizations in 2017 will impact payments in 2019.

The myAvatar EHR is specifically designed for organizations that provide behavioral healthcare and addiction treatment in community-based, residential and inpatient programs. It offers a robust set of features that support roles throughout the organization, from front desk staff and clinicians to billing administrators and executive management.

To earn the ONC certification, myAvatar was tested against applicable standards and certification criteria put forth by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The Drummond certification proved that the software offers the functionality that enables eligible providers and hospitals to meet the technology requirements necessary to meet Meaningful Use requirements – one of the criteria necessary to qualify these organizations to receive payments under the ongoing EHR adoption program.

Check out myAvatar and all of the Netsmart solutions at #NATCON17 in Seattle next week in booth 404 or click here to schedule a demo with our team.

Certification Information:

This Health IT Module is 2015 Edition compliant and has been certified by an ONC-ACB in accordance with the applicable certification criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. This certification does not represent an endorsement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

  • Developer name: Netsmart Technologies, Inc.
  • Developer location: 4950 College Boulevard, Overland Park, KS 66211
  • Developer phone number: 800.842.1973
  • Developer website:
  • Product name: myAvatar®
  • Product version: 2017.01
  • Date the product was certified: March 13, 2017
  • Unique certification number:
  • Clinical Quality Measures Certified: CMS2v6, CMS68v6, CMS69v5, CMS117v5, CMS124v5, CMS125v5, CMS137v5, CMS138v5, CMS147v6, CMS155v5, CMS156v5, CMS159v5, CMS161v5, CMS165v5, CMS169v5, CMS177v5

This Health IT module(s) is 2015 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. Drummond Group is accredited by ANSI and approved by ONC for the ONC Health IT Certification Program to certify: Health IT Module(s) and Certification of other types of Health IT for which the Secretary has adopted certification criteria under Subpart C of 45 CFR.

Any additional types of costs that an EP, EH, or CAH would pay to implement the Complete EHR’s or Health IT Module’s capabilities in order to attempt to meet meaningful use objectives and measures. Developers must also include any material product technical or contractual limitations. Refer to the Drummond Group Mandatory Disclosure Statement document for more details. EHR technology self-developers are excluded from this requirement.

About Netsmart

Netsmart is the largest technology provider connecting behavioral health and post-acute care with all of healthcare. Netsmart is passionate about integrating care across all aspects of a community. As a leader in healthcare, we know that healthcare doesn’t always happen in a traditional clinical setting so we’re committed to working alongside our clients to innovate the most effective and intuitive technology possible. Our clients are strong advocates for those that don’t always have a voice, which is why Netsmart is dedicated to leading change within the industry by breaking down barriers to provide a holistic view of each individual.

Our more than 500,000 users in more than 24,000 organizations across the U.S. work together with Netsmart’s 1,250 associates to connect communities and information across the care spectrum. Our technology ensures comprehensive data flows between behavioral healthaddiction treatmentintellectual and developmental disabilitieschild and family servicespublic healthlong-term/post-acute carehome healthhospicepalliative careprivate duty and vital records, to ensure providers have consistent and reliable information at their fingertips when it is needed.

The only thing constant in healthcare is change. Netsmart is an expert in human services, and post-acute care, state billing requirements and healthcare technology. More importantly, we understand the importance of clinical adoption; training and support; regulatory compliance; and the need to connect to the rest of healthcare. Our solutions and services are built with those challenges in mind and are designed to solve them so our clients can focus on what they do best - providing quality care to their communities.

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About Drummond Group LLC

Drummond Group LLC is a global software test and certification lab that serves a wide range of vertical industries. In healthcare, Drummond Group LLC tests and certifies Controlled Substance Ordering Systems (CSOS), Electronic Prescription of Controlled Substances (EPCS) software and processes, and Electronic Health Records (EHRs) – designating the trusted test lab as the only third-party certifier of all three initiatives designed to move the industry toward a digital future. Founded in 1999, and accredited for the Office of the National Coordinator Health IT Certification Program as an Authorized Certification Body (ACB) and an Authorized Test Lab (ATL), Drummond Group LLC continues to build upon its deep experience and expertise necessary to deliver reliable and cost-effective services. For more information, please visit


Kelli Christman, 913-272-2264


Kelli Christman, 913-272-2264