Wednesday, March 3, 2010

The much anticipated Proposal for certification or Certified EHR

While many are still talking to the EHR vendors at the exhibit halls at the HIMSS 2010, The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) released yesterday the notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) for the two certification programs. This proposed program has two proposals in it. One that will be temporary and the other would be permanent.

The proposed program outlines the following:

The first proposal would create a temporary certification program that would be issue temporary certifications through the authorized testing and certification bodies (ONC-ATCB) to test and certify complete EHRs/or EHR Modules. During this first proposal the ONC would assume most of the responsibilities during the temporary certification program. This means that no other organization (private ones) would serve as an accreditation body.

The second proposal would create a permanent certification program that would replace the first temporary proposal. This would also mean that the ONC is intended in allowing approved private sector accreditor to fulfill the responsibility of the accreditation body.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has been working with the ONC to develop the test method and infrastructure that will be used by many of the testing laboratories in the testing stage for both proposed certification programs. This entity (NVLAP) would include specific calibration and or test standards related methods and protocols that would satisfy the needs and requirements of an “Certified EHR”.

The details of what would be the methodology used in the certification test is defined as “The same basic methodology used in third-party conformance assessment”.

More details to come once I can get through the 184 pages of the proposal.

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