ONC issues EHR draft tests for 2014 functions
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has unveiled its second set of draft test procedures to assure that electronic health records can perform functions required in 2014.
ONC also requested public comments and suggestions for the 2014 proposed certification test methods, according to a Sept. 14 ONC announcement. ONC released the first wave of test methods one week earlier.
The approved procedures, tools and applicable test data and files will be used by testing labs and certification organizations to verify that the EHRs can execute the specific functions or conform to the 2014 Edition of meaningful use standards, implementation specifications and criteria.
The latest set of test procedures and data were for demographics, electronic notes and family history and patient list creation. The first wave included computerized provide order entry, problem list, allergy list and vital signs.
Each set of draft test procedures posted in a given wave will have a two-week comment period. ONC works with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to develop the tools and procedures needed to test EHRs as certification criteria changes.
ONC will invite public review and comment before all the procedures are finalized for use in testing and certification. The final set of test methods is expected to be available for use in early 2013.
The National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program in the National Institute for Standards and Technology approved five testing labs during the summer to certify EHRs under the permanent certification program. They are the Drummond Group; Certification Commission for Health IT (CCHIT); ICSA Laboratories, Inc.; InfoGard Laboratories, Inc.; and SLI Global Solutions.