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ONC Health IT Certification Program

Testing and Test Methods

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) 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. 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). 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

2015 Edition

On October 16, 2015 ONC released the 2015 Edition Health Information Technology (Health IT) Certification Criteria, 2015 Edition Base Electronic Health Record (EHR) Definition, and ONC Health IT Certification Program Modifications final rule. For more information about the 2015 Edition Testing and Test Methods click here.

2014 Edition

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 established the 2014 Edition EHR Certification Criteria used to develop the 2014 Test Method. In September 2014, ONC published the 2014 Edition Release 2 Electronic Health Record (EHR) Certification Criteria and the ONC HIT Certification Program; Regulatory Flexibilities, Improvements, and Enhanced Health Information Exchange (or 2014 Edition Release 2) to the Federal Register. This final rule introduces regulatory flexibilities and general improvements for certification to the 2014 Edition EHR certification criteria (2014 Edition).

The 2014 Edition Test Method can be found here.


2014 Edition Test Scenarios Overview

2014 Edition Draft Test Scenarios

2011 Edition EHR Certification Criteria

2011 Edition Test Method

2014 Edition Release 2 Draft Test Procedures

Open Test Method Development Pilot webpage


Can’t find the answer to your question? Contact the Office of Certification via ONC.Certification@hhs.gov.