Louisville, KY-based Glennis Solutions’ resident care software platform has achieved certification from the Office of the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology, the Atria Senior Living-owned company announced Thursday.

The certification enables the technology’s senior living community users to share data on infectious diseases in an approved, standardized format with public health officials for reporting of potential outbreaks and to help fight future pandemics.

“It now makes it seamless for these operators to send and receive this information with state agencies or public health agencies, whether it’s related to the census, various conditions … outbreaks, vaccine registration. All those things can now be exchanged electronically versus having to do it manually or via paper,” Ali Sareea, chief technology officer at Glennis Solutions, told the McKnight’s Business Daily.

The ONC Health IT Certification Program is a voluntary certification program established by the ONC to provide for the certification of health IT. Requirements for certification are established by standards, implementation specifications and certification criteria adopted by the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. The ONC is part of HHS. An authorized third party must conduct an assessment to ensure data is structured so that health information can be easily retrieved and transferred with certain privacy and security requirements.

“The certification will show that we have a vigorous approach to software development. …We have the capability to store and exchange information in a secure method,” the Glennis Solutions executive said. “It conveys to our customers that we have the capability and it’s been assessed by a third party.”

The software business sought the certification largely because it is mandated in the state of New Jersey, he said. Other states are likely to follow, and because the certification is nationally recognized, the company is all set to operate anywhere in the United States, Sareea said.

“Everything is getting more and more digital since the pandemic,” he said.

Sareea said that Glennis Solutions services more than 1,000 senior living communities across the country, and users extend beyond Atria.