ONC Recommends That EHRs Include Data on Implantable Devices

February 26, 2014 in News

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT’s recently proposed rule on voluntary electronic health record certification criteria includes a recommendation that EHR systems collect and display data about implantable medical devices, Modern Healthcare reports (Lee, Modern Healthcare, 2/25).


The certification criteria, known as the “2015 Edition” and released Friday, 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 (iHealthBeat, 2/24).

Details of Recommendation

The rule recommends that vendors should implement “the baseline functionality necessary to capture, store and retrieve” unique device identification, focusing most specifically on implantable devices, according to Modern Healthcare.

Under the recommendation, EHRs would be required to capture the device’s:

  • Brand name;
  • MRI safety status;
  • Single-use indicator; and
  • Version or model.


ONC Director of Federal Policy Steven Posnack called the recommendation “relatively basic.”

Josh Rising, director of the medical device initiative at Pew Charitable Trusts, said the proposal was a good initial step towards enhancing patient safety.

However, Marc Segal — chair of the Electronic Health Record Association’s public policy workgroup and vice president of government and industry affairs for GE Healthcare’s IT division — said the proposal would increase costs and be “heavier than … expected” to implement (Modern Healthcare, 2/25).

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