ONC Issues Voluntary 2015 Certification Criteria for EHRs

February 24, 2014 in News

On Friday, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT issued a proposed rule containing voluntary certification criteria for electronic health record systems in 2015, FierceEMR reports (Durben Hirsch, FierceEMR, 2/21).

The criteria are separate from CMS’ meaningful use regulations and mark the first time ONC has proposed rules on the topic, according to Healthcare IT News (Miliard, Healthcare IT News, 2/21).

Details of 2015 Certification Criteria

The certification criteria, known as the “2015 Edition” propose:

  • Developing a way for non-meaningful use EHR systems to become certified;
  • Enhancing interoperability efforts;
  • Issuing new certification criteria on functionality for patient population filtering of clinical quality measures; and
  • Improving alignment with other HHS programs and recommendations from the Office of Inspector General (FierceEMR, 2/21).

According to Healthcare IT News, the proposed rule would allow ONC to more frequently update certification criteria to reflect new standards and to offer regulatory clarity.

In a release, National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo said developing voluntary criteria “provides the opportunity for developers and health care providers to move to the 2015 edition on their own terms and at their own pace” (Healthcare IT News, 2/21).

The proposed rule will be published in the Federal Register on Feb. 26 and comments are due by April 28 (FierceEMR, 2/21)

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