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SPINN Patient Engagement Platform Receives ONC-ACB Certification by Drummond Group

ANN ARBOR, Mich., Oct. 14, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- White Pine Systems ("White Pine") announced today that its patient portal, the SPINN Patient Engagement Platform v 3.2, has been tested and certified under the Drummond Group's Electronic Health Records Office of the National Coordinator Authorized Certification Body (ONC-ACB) program. This EHR software is compliant in accordance with the criteria adopted by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

White Pine is a provider of online and mobile patient engagement systems. White Pine's SPINN Community Care Coordination System includes several modules that bring together patient engagement and activation solutions for physical health, behavioral health and social supports to create an integrated community care coordination network.

"With this certification, providers can have confidence that they are using a solution that will not only help them achieve Meaningful Use but which will also establish a foundation that allows them to address the critical challenges of the most complex health conditions, to improve health outcomes and lower cost," said Doug Dormer, White Pine's founder and CEO. "Last year $1.4 trillion dollars, almost 50 percent of total healthcare cost, was incurred by just five percent of the population. This typically comprises people with multiple chronic conditions, often including both physical and behavioral health conditions. These people also have a very high need for social supports, like employment services, or assistance with involvement in the criminal justice system. Patient engagement that extends beyond physical health to include behavioral health and social supports is critical to achieving the objectives of healthcare reform."

Drummond Group's ONC-ACB certification program certifies that EHRs meet the meaningful use criteria for either eligible provider or hospital technology. In turn, healthcare providers using the EHR systems of certified vendors are qualified to receive federal stimulus monies upon demonstrating meaningful use of the technology – a key component of the federal government's push to improve clinical care delivery through the adoption and effective use of EHRs by U.S. healthcare providers.

The SPINN Patient Engagement Platform meets the requirements for EHR Modular Inpatient certification and EHR Modular Ambulatory certification. The SPINN Patient Engagement Platform combines the convenience of a personal health record with the power and connectivity of an interoperable patient portal. SPINN lets patients - as well as users they authorize - view, download or transmit personal health information and communicate with their care team. As a part of the larger SPINN Community Care Coordination system, the SPINN Patient Engagement Platform provides the foundation for White Pine's community-focused model of health and wellness.

This EHR module 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.

The SPINN Patient Engagement Platform has been certified as a 2014 Edition Modular Inpatient EHR on September 25, 2014. Its certification number is 09252014-2704-1. Modules certified include 170.314(e)(1) and 170.314(g)(1,4). No clinical quality measures were tested. Microsoft HealthVault was used to certify. In addition, the SPINN Patient Engagement Platform has been certified as a 2014 Edition Modular Ambulatory EHR on September 25, 2014. Its certification number is 09252014-2705-1. Modules certified include 170.314(e) (1,3) and 170.314(g)(1,4). No clinical quality measures were tested. Microsoft HealthVault was again used to certify.

Eligible Professionals and Eligible Hospitals may be required to pay a one-time license fee and/or annual subscription fees on a per patient basis or for a block of patients. A license for an unlimited number of licenses is also available. In addition, SPINN may require one-time costs to be configured to meet work flow requirements. This certified product-version will generally require one-time implementation fees for set-up, configuration and integration, and ongoing and/or one-time licensing and service fees for use of the solution including SaaS hosting, maintenance, upgrades and support.

About White Pine Systems, LLC

White Pine Systems, LLC is a privately held company based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Its flagship product, SPINN, the Secure Personal Information and Notification Network, is a low cost, fully configurable, private-labeled, community care coordination platform that engages patients and families and connects them to physicians, hospitals and other healthcare providers with new tools that increase rates of adoption and use, leading to increased satisfaction for all stakeholders, improved health outcomes and lower cost.

Built to connect with the Microsoft© HealthVaultTM personal health information platform, SPINN bridges the gap between EMR systems used by providers and emerging PHR platforms and patient portals to achieve the promise of patient and family-centered chronic disease management. SPINN connects family, guardians and healthcare providers through their own secure personal health network to deliver the right information any time, any place.

About Drummond Group Inc.

Drummond Group Inc. is a global software test and certification lab that serves a wide range of vertical industries. In healthcare, Drummond Group 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 HIT Certification Program as an Authorized Certification Body (ACB) and an Accredited Test Lab (ATL), Drummond Group continues to build upon its deep experience and expertise necessary to deliver reliable and cost-effective services. For more information, please visit http://www.drummondgroup.com or email DGI@drummondgroup.com.

CONTACT: Jonathan Smolowe, EVP WHITE PINE SYSTEMS, LLC 267-627-2332 jsmolowe@SPINNphr.comSource: White Pine Systems