02 October 2012
Comment Now: NIST Meaningful Use Certification Test Procedures
The syndromic surveillance Test Procedure and tools for the 2014 Edition EHR certification criteria are now available for public comment. The finalized Test Procedures will be used by ONC-approved Testing Bodies to certify EHR technology for electronic Meaningful Use syndromic surveillance reporting. This review process is a crucial step in ensuring that eligible healthcare professionals and hospitals use certified technology to fulfill the Meaningful Use requirements set by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). ISDS has worked to develop these draft Test Procedures and tools in partnership with Agilex Technologies, Inc to support the ONC, CDC, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in this effort.
Please review and comment on the draft Test Procedures by October 12, 2012 before they are finalized. You may submit comments to Robert Snelick at firstname.lastname@example.org or to ONC.Certification@hhs.gov with "2014 Test Methods" in the subject line. Finalized testing procedures, with the incorporated public comments, will be released in early 2013. You may find the draft Test Procedures here http://lri.sipilotdevelopment.org/mu-syndromic.
Join ISDS on Thursday, October 11 from 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT to learn more about the Test Procedures during an ISDS-hosted webinar. Robert Snelick, of NIST, and Sheryl Taylor, of Booz Allen Hamilton, will present the syndromic surveillance draft Test Procedures and certification criteria and encourage participants to offer feedback.
You may also learn more about this process on the ONC website: http://www.healthit.gov/policy-researchers-implementers/2014-edition-draft-test-methods.