NIST says Meaningful Use Test Procedures have been approved by ONC

NIST updated Meaningful Use Test Approved Test Procedures page today:

The Approved (Pending) Test Procedures were formally approved on August 2, 2010 for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) Temporary Certification Program. Notice of the approval appears in the August 9, 2010 Federal Register. The set of Test Procedures marked ‘Approved (Pending)’ will be reissued as ‘Approved’ by August 13, 2010. The approval process did not result in changes to the test procedures. However technical corrections, based on feedback, are being made. Changes to a test procedure are indicated through its change log.

So, it looks like the procedures are finalized and the certification bodies, when they are selected, can start using them for testing.

If you’re not already making changes to your software, you should start now.

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3 thoughts on “NIST says Meaningful Use Test Procedures have been approved by ONC

  1. Thanks for heads up, I'd lost track of NIST in the flurry of news surrounding the meaningful use final rule. I'd predict we'll see a certification body (probably CCHIT) open for business around the end of this month.

    1. Nice prediction, Michelle. HHS posted a news release a couple days ago announcing that “the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT), Chicago, Ill. and the Drummond Group Inc. (DGI), Austin, Texas, were named today by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) as the first technology review bodies that have been authorized to test and certify electronic health record (EHR) systems for compliance with the standards and certification criteria that were issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services earlier this year.” In other words, being certified by CCHIT or DGI is the first step for a vendor to ensure that their customers will meet meaningful use criteria.

      If anyone is still a little confused about meaningful use and the HITECH act, here is a helpful podcast on the top five things to know about meaningful use and an upcoming webinar on meaningful use.:

      http://www.nuesoft.com/news-events/podcast/meaningful-use.html
      https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/655246201

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