The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT released the final set of specifications for testing and certifying electronic health record systems under Stage 2 of the meaningful use program, Modern Healthcare reports (Conn, Modern Healthcare, 12/17).


Under the 2009 federal economic stimulus package, health care providers who demonstrate meaningful use of certified EHR systems can qualify for Medicaid and Medicare incentive payments.

In August, HHS announced the release of the final rules on Stage 2 of the meaningful use program. One of the final rules, issued by ONC, describes the Stage 2 standards and criteria for the certification of EHR systems.

In September, ONC released its first set of draft test procedures for testing and certifying EHRs against Stage 2 requirements. The first set of draft procedures dealt with allergy lists, computerized provider order entry, problem lists and vital signs (iHealthBeat, 9/18).

Details of Final Specifications

The final specifications include 48 test procedures and 18 test data sets (Modern Healthcare, 12/17).

Laboratories and certification bodies will use the test procedures and data sets to evaluate whether EHR systems and modules comply with certain standards, implementation specifications and certification criteria (Goedert, Health Data Management, 12/17)