Certification

Health IT Certification for eCQM Reporting

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology’s (ONC) Health IT Certification Program is a voluntary certification program established by ONC to provide for the certification of health IT on use of standards, implementation specifications, and certification criteria.  The ONC Health IT Certification Program supports the availability of certified health IT for encouraged and required users under federal, state and private programs. 

eCQM testing is included within ONC’s Health IT Certification Program.  Currently, ONC uses the Cypress open source testing tool to test the capture, export, import, calculate and report features of eCQMs within health IT.  The 2015 Edition Test Method and companion guide documents aid stakeholders in the development and testing of health IT modules.  The test method includes test procedures, tools and data for evaluating conformance to certification criteria.

 Specific certification guides eCQMs include:

Regulation Text Citation

Certification Criterion

Certification Companion Guide (CCG)

Test Procedure

Test Tool

315(c)(1)

CQMs – record and export

Guide

Pending  development of Cypress V3

Cypress

§ 170.315(c)(2)

CQMs – import and calculate

Guide

Pending  development of Cypress V3

Cypress

§ 170.315(c)(3)

CQMs – report

Guide

Pending  development of Cypress V3

Cypress

§ 170.315(c)(4)

CQMs – filter

Guide

Pending  development of Cypress V3

Cypress

 

Visit www.healthit.gov/certification for detailed information on ONCs certification program.

2015 Edition Final Rule - The 2015 Edition Health IT Certification Criteria (2015 Edition) builds on past rulemakings to facilitate greater interoperability for several clinical health information purposes and enables health information exchange through new and enhanced certification criteria, standards, and implementation specifications. Taking into account public comments received on the 2015 Proposed Rule, the final rule continues to focus on the establishment of an interoperable nationwide health information infrastructure. Learn more by clicking here.

Visit https://www.healthit.gov/policy-researchers-implementers/2015-edition-test-method for detailed information on the 2015 Edition Test Methods.

Link to Standards and Certification Regulations

Contact the ONC Health IT Certification Program via ONC.Certification@hhs.gov with questions.

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