ONC HIT Workshop and 7 Certification Waves Now Released

ONC HIT Certification Program and 2014 Edition Test Methods Public Workshop

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) will hold a public workshop on the ONC HIT Certification Program and 2014 Edition Test Methods on Tuesday, November 13th, 9AM-4:30PM EST. The topics to be covered include 2014 Test Procedures, Test Tools, Test Data, ONC Timeline, and the Certified Health IT Product List (CHPL). This will be a virtual workshop.

Review the agenda and register for the workshop.

7th Wave Now Released for Public Review and Comment

On Tuesday, September 4th, the Health Information Technology: Standards, Implementation Specifications, and Certification Criteria for Electronic Health Record Technology, 2014 Edition; Revisions to the Permanent Certification Program for Health Information Technology final rule was published in the Federal Register.

SUMMARY: With this final rule, the Secretary of Health and Human Services adopts certification criteria that establish the technical capabilities and specify the related standards and implementation specifications that Certified Electronic Health Record (EHR) Technology will need to include to, at a minimum, support the achievement of meaningful use by eligible professionals, eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals under the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs beginning with the EHR reporting periods in fiscal year and calendar year 2014. This final rule also makes changes to the permanent certification program for health information technology, including changing the program’s name to the ONC HIT Certification Program.

DATES: These regulations were effective October 4, 2012. The incorporation by reference of certain publications listed in the rule was approved by the Director of the Federal Register as of October 4, 2012.

Since September 7th the ONC has been releasing waves of draft Test Procedures and applicable test data files for the 2014 Edition EHR Certification Criteria for public review and comment. Each of the draft sets will remain in public review and comment periods for two week from the release date. For details on the test procedures and data files see the ONC’s 2014 Edition Draft Test Methods page.

Wave Dates Criterion
One Released: 9/7/2012 Comment End: 9/21/2012 CPOE Vitals, BMI, growth charts Problem list Med list Med allergy list Drug formulary checks Smoking status Patient ed resources Inpatient advance directives Auto log-off Integrity Accounting of disclosures
One Released: 9/11/2012 Comment End: 9/25/2012 Immunization Information Transmission to Immunization Registries
Two Released: 9/14/2012 Comment End: 9/28/2012 Demographics, electronic notes, family health history, patient list creation, emergency access, ambulatory setting only-cancer case, information, ambulatory setting only-transmission to cancer registries.
Three Released: 9/21/2012 Comment End: 10/5/2012 Drug-drug/allergy interaction check Clinical decision support Image results Inpatient eMAR Clinical information reconciliation Ambulatory clinical summary
Four Released: 9/28/2012 Comment End: 10/12/2012 Data portablility Authentication Auditable events and tamperresistance Audit reports Amendments End-user device encryption Ambulatory secure messaging Transmission to public health agencies – syndromic surveillance Safety-enhanced design
Five Released: 10/18/2012 Comment End: 11/1/2012 Transitions of care – create and transmit transition of care/referral summaries Electronic prescribing View, download, and transmit to 3rd party Inpatient setting only-transmission of reportable laboratory tests and values/results
Six Released: 11/2/2012 Comment End: 11/16/2012 Automated numerator recording, automated measure calculation, clinical quality measures capture and export, clinical quality measures import and calculate, clinical quality measures electronic submission.
Seven Released: 11/8/2012 Comment End: 11/22/2012 Transitions of care, receive, display, and incorporate summary care records. Incorporate laboratory tests and values/results. Inpatient setting only, transmission of electronic laboratory tests and values/results to ambulatory providers. Quality management system.td>

Comments and suggestions should be submitted to ONC.Certification@hhs.gov. All submissions should include “2014 Test Methods” in the subject line. ONC will review and consider all public input, but will not publish the deliberation results. After draft Test Procedures have been through the public comment and review process, ONC will revise and finalize them. The final set of Test Methods is expected to be available for use in testing and certification in early 2013.