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ONC Releases Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) for the 2015 Edition Health Information Technology Certification Criteria

The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) released a proposed Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) for the 2015 Edition Health Information Technology Certification Criteria today, March 20, 2015. 

In announcing this NPRM, the Department of Health and Human Services stated "the 2015 Edition Health IT Certification Criteria proposed rule aligns with the path toward interoperability – the secure, efficient, and effective sharing and use of health information –identified in ONC’s draft shared Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap.”

HHS stated that “the proposed rule builds on past editions of adopted health IT certification criteria, and includes new and updated IT functionality and provisions that support the EHR Incentive Programs care improvement, cost reduction, and patient safety across the health system.”

National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, Dr. Karen DeSalvo, stated, “The certification criteria we have proposed in the 2015 Edition will help achieve that vision through provisions that consider the range of health IT users and uses across the care continuum, including those focused on interoperable standards, data portability, improved transparency, privacy and security capabilities, and increased oversight through ONC’s Health IT Certification Program.”

Access the Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) for the 2015 Edition Health Information Technology Certification Criteria here.  

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