Tuesday, June 30, 2015

HHS signals flexibilty for submitting Health IT certification test procedures

PARCA eNews – June 9, 2015 – The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a document today detailing the submittal of test procedures and data under the Health IT Certification Program established by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC).

Health IT certification provides assurance to purchasers and other users that a system meets the technological capability, functionality, and security requirements adopted by HHS.

In early 2011, HHS established a certification program for health IT systems and EHR technology. In September of 2012, the program was renamed the “ONC HIT Certification Program.” At this point in time, HHS proposes to change the name of the program once again to the “ONC Health IT Certification Program.”

Whatever it is called, since the ONC Health IT Certification Program began operation, health IT developers have suggested that testing efficiencies could be achieved if the ONC Health IT Certification Program were to leverage operational testing and certification, such as the ePrescribing (eRX) network testing (and certification). The newly issued document signals more flexibility for submitting such test and data under the certification program.

“The National Coordinator is open to approving test procedures, test tools, and test
data that meet the outlined approval requirements above for an applicable adopted certification criterion or criteria,” the ONC stated in the document. “By way of this document, we strongly encourage persons or entities to submit such test procedures, test tools, and test data to ONC if they believe such procedures, tools, and data could be used to meet ONC’s certification criteria and testing approval requirements.”

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