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ONC Health IT Certification Program

About the ONC Health IT Certification Program

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) Health IT Certification Program is a voluntary certification program established by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT 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 user under other federal, state and private programs.

Program Structure

ONC administers the ONC Health IT Certification Program while working with other organizations that function in the following capacities:

Testing

The National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP), as administered by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), is responsible for accrediting and overseeing Accredited Testing Laboratories (ATLs) in the ONC Health IT Certification Program. NVLAP has accredited the following laboratories to test Health IT Modules under the ONC Health IT Certification Program:

View more information on the NVLAP Health IT Laboratory Accreditation Program (LAP).

Certification

The ONC-Approved Accreditor (ONC-AA) accredits and oversees certification bodies. Accredited certification bodies must seek authorization from ONC to participate in the ONC Health IT Certification Program - once authorized, they are called ONC-Authorized Certification Bodies (ONC-ACBs). ONC – ACBs make certification determinations for Complete EHRs and Health IT Modules based on test results supplied by ATLs. Once the Health IT Modules have been certified, the ONC-ACB submits the product information to ONC for posting on the Certified Health IT Product List (CHPL).

Effective June 2014, ANSI began their second 3-year term as the ONC- Approved Accreditor. View more information on the ANSI HIT Accreditation Program here.

The following ONC-ACBs have been accredited by ANSI and authorized by ONC to certify Health IT Modules in the ONC Health IT Certification Program:

Qualified applicants may request an application for authorization by contacting ONC at ONC-ACB@hhs.gov. The application process is described in the Establishment of the Permanent Certification Program for Health Information Technology, Final Rule in sections 170.525, 170.530, and 170.535.

For more information on the structure of the ONC Health IT Certification program, please visit our FAQs.

The Certification Process at a Glance

Certification Process at a Glance

Patients & General Public – Health IT makes it possible for patients and their doctors to manage their care through secure use and sharing of health information. For additional information on how ONC is advancing America’s health care, and the benefits Health IT, please visit our Patients and Families section.

To find a certified Health IT Module, visit the Certified Health IT Product List (CHPL)

For answers to commonly asked questions about ONC’s regulations, including the standards and certification criteria, please visit ONC’s regulatory FAQs. For questions about the ONC Health IT Certification Program, please visit the Program FAQs here.

Questions about the CMS EHR Incentive Program visit the CMS EHR Incentive Programs website or contact the CMS EHR Information Center.

CMS EHR Information Center Hours of Operation:

7:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. (Central Time) Monday through Friday, except federal holidays.
1-888-734-6433* (primary number) or 888-734-6563 (TTY number)

Can’t find the answer to your question? Contact the ONC Health IT Certification Program via ONC.Certification@hhs.gov.

Latest News

  • January 5, 2016
    ONC published a set of Certification Companion Guides (CCGs) associated with the recently adopted 2015 Edition certification requirements. The CCGs are designed to assist health IT developers in understanding and interpreting regulatory requirements for implantation in the development process. A CCG has been developed for each certification criterion and will serve as the single, consolidated information source for any clarifications related to a certification criterion.
  • July 23, 2015
    Cypress version 2.7.0 was released.  Version 2.7.0 includes 2015 Measure Specs, Value Sets for 2015 Measure Specs, HL7 QRDA Category I Release 3, Cypress v2.7 Measure Bundle – not to be used in certification. 
  • July 23, 2015
    Cypress version 2.6.1 was released.  Version 2.6.1 includes 2014 Measure Specs, Value Sets for 2014 Measure Specs, HL7 QRDA Errata IG for 2014, Cypress v2.6 Measure Bundle – replaces version 2.6.0 and is available for use in certification.

Program Milestones

EventDate

2015 Edition Health Information Technology (Health IT) Certification Criteria, 2015 Edition Base Electronic Health Record (EHR) Definition, and ONC Health IT Certification Program Modifications

October 6, 2015
ONC re-authorization of ONC-Authorized Certification Bodies for second 3-year term August 2015
ONC CHPL retired 2011 edition certified products from CHPL display June 2015
Final 2014 Edition Release 2 Test Method approved and published December 24, 2014
2014 Edition Release 2 Electronic Health Record (EHR) Certification Criteria and the ONC HIT Certification Program; Regulatory Flexibilities, Improvements, and Enhanced Health Information Exchange; Final Rule published September 11, 2014
ONC CY15 Surveillance Guidance [PDF - 263 KB] published July 31, 2014
ONC CY14 Surveillance Guidance [PDF - 490 KB] published July 2, 2013
CHPL 3.0 Operational January 2, 2013

Final 2014 Edition Test Method approved and published

December 14, 2012

ONC HIT Certification Program Operational

October 4, 2012

Temporary Certification Program Sunset

October 4, 2012

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 published

 

September 4, 2012