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Testing and Test Methods

2014 Edition Test Scenarios Overview

On December 14, 2012, ONC published the final 2014 Final Edition Test Method (procedures, data, and tools). Unit-based testing is part of ONC’s ongoing commitment to transparency and innovation. The development of test scenarios is the next step in this process. We would now like to explain our objectives and get public input on this approach.

A test scenario procedure is a set of unit-based procedures linked in a clinically plausible test flow using test data threaded in a logical fashion.

The benefits of using a test scenario include:

  • A clinically plausible test flow
  • The ability to test the use of data across systems
  • The ability to test the use of data within a system

unit-based testing criteria are tested independently, scenario-based testing criteria are tested dependently

Test scenarios can:

  • Increase value of testing
  • Improve efficiency of testing
  • Reduce setup of testing
  • Make testing consistent and replicable

Once final, test scenarios will be optional for use in testing for certification to the 2014 Edition EHR Certification Criteria under the ONC HIT Certification Program by ONC-ACBs and ATLs.

The Health Information Technology: Standards, Implementation Specifications, and Certification Criteria for Electronic Health Record Technology, 2014 Edition; Revisions to the Permanent Certification Program for Health Information Technology, Final Rule [PDF - 1.25MB] published on September 4, 2012, establishes the 2014 Edition EHR Certification Criteria used to develop the 2014 Edition Test Scenarios.

For more information on the development of test scenarios, including draft test scenario procedures, data, test tools, and related materials, please visit 2014 Edition Draft Test Scenarios.

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