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Onc Releases Certification Criteria

By Expert Author: John Edword

The certification criteria which proposed 2015 EHR technology has been released by ONC .

The office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, which also contains the certification criteria of next edition of EHR technology, has released proposed rule. The proposed rules represent the new approaches of ONC for the criteria update speedily to include the enhanced standards and regulatory clarity, according to the announcement by the Department of Health and Human Services US.
This new criteria is known as 2015 Edition, which is basically the first edition of certification criteria which do not knotted to the actual regulations of Meaningful Use.
Most important that this criteria is voluntary and the ONC put emphasis on proposed rule which the developers of EHR technology, i.e. certified to the criteria of 2014, will no more require to re-certify and also not to upgrade to the edition of 2015 which fulfill the definition of certified electronic health record system.
It has been said that the 2015 Edition reflects the commitment of ONC to incrementally improve the interoperability and responding to the feedback of stakeholder. It will be continued to focus the policy setting and standards adaptation which helps the healthcare providers exchange electronic health information securely and safely and for the patients also to be an integral part of the care team.

ONC Proposed Rules
The proposal of interest for the Edition 2015 includes;
• Emphasize linked certification with the certification status of complete EHR.
• To maintain the criteria of results accessed as the repetition of 2014 Edition.
• ACR has supported to empower the enhanced radiology CPOE software to get linked certification by separating the three types i.e. labs, MEDs, and radiology into the separate criteria of CPOE
• Fixing the standard of CDS to align with the initiative of Health e-Decisions
• Recording user simply ignores the responses to the interaction of drug-drug and drug-allergy alerts during the orders of medications.

2015 EHR Standards
The ONC has released the proposed rules for the standards of 2015 voluntary EHR certification. The standards of 2015 are designed to promote the interoperability, according to the release by ONC, also to improve the standards of 2014. It has been noticed that although voluntary, by simply securing the certification of EHR, the vendors could try to sell their product in the market of electronic health record software. Both the vendors and providers have stated some concern about meeting with the swing of health IT initiatives in speedy succession.
The guidelines of the meaningful use meeting starts with the selection of correct certified system. As most of the providers have installed more than on EHR, they are more familiar with that.
According to the report of software advice, since 2009, an introduction to the HITECH act, about 31% of EHR buyers have changed their systems.

Standards and Certification Regulations

2015 Edition
The 2015 Edition Proposed rules start with the shift of an ONC in the more immediate approach to publish final and proposed rules which respond to the feedback from stakeholders effectively, also enhance interoperability and improve the regulations.

2014 Edition
The 2014 Editions is to adopt the certification criteria which specify the standards and establish the technical abilities, also implement the conditions which certified EHR requires for the support Medicare and Medicaid Incentives Program starts with the reporting period of EHR.

Health IT Certification Program

ONC HIT program
ONC established the certification program of ONC HIT for the health information technology to grant the authority to the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology in HITECH Act.

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