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§170.315(a)(13) Patient-specific education resources

Version 1.1 Updated on 09-21-2017
Revision History
Version # Description of Change Version Date
1.0

Final Test Procedure

01-08-2016
1.1

As of September 21, 2017, Test Procedure has been moved to Attestation/Developer self-declaration only.

09-21-2017
Regulation Text

Regulation Text

§170.315 (a)(13) Patient-specific education resources

  1. Identify patient-specific education resources based on data included in the patient's problem list and medication list in accordance with at least one of the following standards and implementation specifications:
    1. The standard and implementation specifications specified in §170.204(b)(3).
    2. The standard and implementation specifications specified in §170.204(b)(4).
  2. Optional. Request that patient-specific education resources be identified in accordance with the standard in §170.207(g)(2).

Standard(s) Referenced

Testing components

Self-Declaration: As of September 21, 2017, the testing approach for this criterion is satisfied by self-declaration.

The archived version of the Test Procedure is attached below for reference.

 

System Under Test

Test Lab Verification

The health IT developer submits their self-declaration to the ONC-ATL.

The Tester verifies the self-declaration document contains all of the required data elements.

 

 

Archived Version:
Version 1.6 Updated on 08-29-2017
Revision History
Version # Description of Change Version Date
1.0

Initial Publication

10-22-2015
1.1

Revised to reflect this criterion is in scope for the CEHRT definition.

12-07-2015
1.2

Revised to include clarification for Infobutton in the optional provision for certification.

03-24-2016
1.3

Revised as a result of further analysis of the applicability of the 2015 Edition “amendments” certification criterion (§ 170.315(d)(4)) to health IT capabilities that would not necessarily have any patient data for which a request for an amendment would be relevant.

04-24-2017
1.4

Removal of Amendments (§ 170.315(d)(4)) under Approach 1 in the Privacy and Security section of the table.

05-08-2017
1.5

Revised to include clarification that the criterion is focused on supporting a health care professional or his or her office staff; or a software program or service that would interact directly with the certified health IT (See “applies to entire criterion” section).

05-26-2017
1.6

Further clarified the capabilities that must be demonstrated for health IT to be certified to this criterion (See “applies to entire criterion” section).

08-29-2017
Regulation Text

Regulation Text

§170.315 (a)(13) Patient-specific education resources

  1. Identify patient-specific education resources based on data included in the patient's problem list and medication list in accordance with at least one of the following standards and implementation specifications:
    1. The standard and implementation specifications specified in §170.204(b)(3).
    2. The standard and implementation specifications specified in §170.204(b)(4).
  2. Optional. Request that patient-specific education resources be identified in accordance with the standard in §170.207(g)(2).

Standard(s) Referenced

Certification Companion Guide: Patient-specific education resources

This Certification Companion Guide (CCG) is an informative document designed to assist with health IT product development. The CCG is not a substitute for the 2015 Edition final regulation. It extracts key portions of the rule’s preamble and includes subsequent clarifying interpretations. To access the full context of regulatory intent please consult the 2015 Edition final rule or other included regulatory reference. The CCG is for public use and should not be sold or redistributed.
 

 

Certification Requirements

Privacy and Security: This certification criterion was adopted at § 170.315(a)(13). As a result, an ONC-ACB must ensure that a product presented for certification to a § 170.315(a) “paragraph (a)” criterion includes the privacy and security criteria (adopted in § 170.315(d)) within the overall scope of the certificate issued to the product.

  • The privacy and security criteria (adopted in § 170.315(d)) do not need to be explicitly tested with this specific paragraph (a) criterion unless it is the only criterion for which certification is requested.
  • As a general rule, a product presented for certification only needs to be presented once to each applicable privacy and security criterion (adopted in § 170.315(d)) so long as the health IT developer attests that such privacy and security capabilities apply to the full scope of capabilities included in the requested certification. However, exceptions exist for § 170.315(e)(1) “VDT” and (e)(2) “secure messaging,” which are explicitly stated.
  • Health IT presented for certification to this criterion would not have to demonstrate the capabilities required by the 2015 Edition “amendments” certification criterion (§ 170.315(d)(4)), unless the health IT is presented for certification to another criterion that requires certification to the 2015 Edition “amendments” criterion under the privacy and security certification framework.

Design and Performance: The following design and performance certification criteria (adopted in § 170.315(g)) must also be certified in order for the product to be certified.

  • When a single quality management system (QMS) is used, the QMS only needs to be identified once. Otherwise, the QMS’ need to be identified for every capability to which it was applied.
  • When a single accessibility-centered design standard is used, the standard only needs to be identified once. Otherwise, the accessibility-centered design standards need to be identified for every capability to which they were applied; or, alternatively the developer must state that no accessibility-centered design was used.
Table for Privacy and Security
Technical Explanations and Clarifications

 

Applies to entire criterion

Clarifications:

  • Compared to the 2014 Edition, a health IT developer no longer must include another means for identifying diagnostic or therapeutic reference information for capabilities other than the Infobutton standard. [see also 80 FR 62625]
  • Three specific conditions need to be satisfied for this criterion:
    • The health IT must be able to “electronically identify” education resources;
    • The education resources must be “patient specific”;
    • The education resources must be based on data included in the patient’s problem list and medication list. [FAQ #40]
  • A Health IT Module must be able to electronically identify for a user patient-specific education resources based on data included in the patient’s problem list and medication list. [see generally 80 FR 16823 and 62624; see 80 FR 16813-16814 for the capabilities included in a certification criterion compared to the 2014 Edition; see also 77 FR 54216-54217] User is defined as a health care professional or his or her office staff; or a software program or service that would interact directly with the certified health IT. [see 80 FR 62611; 77 FR 54168] A “user” is not a patient for the purposes of this criterion. [see also 77 FR 54168] Further, as discussed in the 2014 Edition final rule, the 2014 Edition “patient-specific education resources” criterion was designed to support the correlated objective and measure under the EHR Incentive Programs, which requires clinicians to use clinically relevant information from CEHRT to identify patient-specific education resources and provide them to the patient. [77 FR 54216, 54217]. The 2015 Edition “patient-specific education resources” criterion was similarly designed and serves the same purpose. [80 FR 16814, 62615, 62876, 62878, 62880, 62883, 62885, and 62887] This means that health IT may be certified to this criterion if it can demonstrate that it can support a user identifying, either manually or through automation, clinically relevant patient-specific education resources based on a patient’s problem list and medication list.

Paragraph (a)(13)(i)

Technical outcome – A user can identify educational resources about a patient’s problem or medication in accordance with the HL7 Version 3 Standard: Context Aware Knowledge Retrieval Application. (“Infobutton”), Knowledge Request, Release 2 standard and either Implementation Guide (IG) specified in:

  • HL7 Implementation Guide: Service-Oriented Architecture Implementations of the Context-aware Knowledge Retrieval (Infobutton) Domain, Release 1; or
  • HL7 Version 3 Implementation Guide: Context-Aware Knowledge Retrieval (Infobutton), Release 4.

Clarifications:

  • Developers can choose to either implement the Service-Oriented Architecture IG or the Context-Aware Knowledge Retrieval IG to meet certification requirements.

Paragraph (a)(13)(ii) Optional

Technical outcome – A user can request that patient-specific education resources be identified based on the patient’s preferred language identified with the codes in the RFC 5646 standard.

Clarifications:

  • This provision is optional for certification.
  • Infobutton only supports a value set of ISO 639-1 for preferred language and, therefore, testing and certification of preferred language for this certification criterion would not go beyond the value set of ISO 639-1. [see also 80 FR 62624]

Content last reviewed on March 26, 2018
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