B9. What happens to Health IT Modules when new standards and certification criteria are released?

ONC-Authorized Certification Bodies (ONC-ACBs) may certify Complete EHRs and/or Health IT Module(s) to a newer version of certain identified minimum standards specified below if the Secretary has accepted a newer version of an adopted minimum standard.

Applicability of an accepted newer version of an adopted minimum standard:

  • ONC-ACBs are not required to certify Health IT Module(s) according to newer versions of an adopted minimum standard accepted by the Secretary until the incorporation by reference provision of the adopted version is updated in the Federal Register with a newer version.
  • Certified EHR Technology may be upgraded to comply with newer versions of an adopted minimum standard accepted by the Secretary without adversely affecting the certification status of the Certified EHR Technology.
Content last reviewed on November 17, 2017
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