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NIST releases electronic health records test procedures

Vendors and providers that are seeking temporary certification of their electronic health records (EHRs) products now have the approved test procedures released by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

EHRs will have to pass tests for each meaningful use requirement as established in the final rule by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, or CMS. To achieve that, the electronic systems have to follow the mandates in the final standards and certification rule, a companion to the meaningful use rule issued by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC).

NIST’s test procedures break down each item of meaningful use and the subsequent standards named by ONC. Vendors and providers testing full and module EHRs will work with an ONC-approved certification body to conduct the tests. ONC has not yet named any certifying organizations.

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