Certification

Health IT Certification for eCQM Reporting

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

The ONC also develops the functional and conformance testing requirements for the testing and certification of Health IT Modules to the certification criteria adopted by the Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary, including certification criteria related to clinical quality measures. Only ONC-approved test methods can be used to test products intended for certification in the ONC Health IT Certification Program (please note that any individual or organization may submit test methods to ONC for approval). Currently, ONC has approved the Cypress open source testing tool and NCQA’s alternative test method. Test methods (test procedures, test data, and test tools) are used by ONC-Accredited Testing Laboratories (ATLs) and ONC-Authorized Certification Bodies (ONC-ACBs) to evaluate the conformance and functionality of Health IT Modules. The 2015 Edition test procedures and certification companion guides aid stakeholders in the development and testing of health IT modules.  

Regulation Text Citation

Certification Criterion

Certification Companion Guide (CCG)

Test Procedure

Test Tool

§ 170.315(c)(1)

Clinical quality measures (CQMs) – record and export

Guide

Test   Procedure [PDF - 214 KB]

Test Tool

§ 170.315(c)(2)

CQMs – import and calculate

Guide

Test Procedure Option 1   [PDF - 234 KB]

Test Procedure Option 2   [PDF - 154 KB]

Test Tool Option 1

Test Tool Option 2

§ 170.315(c)(3)

CQMs – report

Guide

Test Procedure Option 1   [PDF - 217 KB]

Test Procedure Option 2   [PDF - 144 KB]

Test Tool Option 1

Test Tool Option 2

§ 170.315(c)(4)

CQMs – filter

Guide

Test Procedure Option 1   [PDF - 264 KB]

Test Procedure Option 2   [PDF - 327 KB]

Test Tool Option 1

Test Tool Option 2

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

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

Read the Standards and Certification Regulations

Learn more regarding the 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.

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

Last Updated: April 20, 2018