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§170.315(f)(3) Transmission to public health agencies — reportable laboratory tests and value/results

Version 1.0 Updated on 01-20-2016
Revision History
Version # Description of Change Version Date
1.0

Final Test Procedure

01-20-2016
Regulation Text
Regulation Text

§170.315 (f)(3) Transmission to public health agencies – reportable laboratory tests and value/results

Create reportable laboratory tests and values/results for electronic transmission in accordance with:

  1. The standard (and applicable implementation specifications) specified in §170.205(g).
  2. At a minimum, the versions of the standards specified in §170.207(a)(3) and (c)(2).
Standard(s) Referenced

Please consult the Final Rule entitled: 2015 Edition Health Information Technology (Health IT) Certification Criteria, 2015 Edition Base Electronic Health Record (EHR) Definition, and ONC Health IT Certification Program Modifications for a detailed description of the certification criterion with which these testing steps are associated. We also encourage developers to consult the Certification Companion Guide in tandem with the test procedure as they provide clarifications that may be useful for product development and testing.

Note: The order in which the test steps are listed reflects the sequence of the certification criterion and does not necessarily prescribe the order in which the test should take place.
 

Testing components

GAP Icon No Documentation Icon Visual Inspection Icon Test Tool Icon ONC Supplied Test Data Icon

 

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System Under Test Test Lab Verification
  1. The Health IT Module creates Reportable Lab content using ONC Supplied Test data for each of the test cases under the ONC 2015 Certification Test Plan on the Context-Based Validation Tab of the NIST Electronic Laboratory Reporting (ELR) Test Suite. All test cases are required. Input may be performed using manual or automated processes

Using the Normative Test Description section of the Normative Test Process Document:

  1. The tester verifies that the Health IT Module creates the source Reportable Lab content correctly and without omission through visual inspection of the system under test using the test data specification associated with the selected test case.
  2. The tester imports the ELR message into the test tool for validation and uses the Validation Report produced by the NIST Electronic Laboratory Reporting (ELR) Test Suite to verify the Health IT module passes without error to confirm that the reportable laboratory tests and values/results message is conformant to the § 170.205(g) HL7 Version 2.5.1 Implementation Guide: Electronic Laboratory Reporting to Public Health, Release 1 and the ELR 2.5.1 Clarification Document for EHR Technology Certification.

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System Under Test Test Lab Verification

The reportable laboratory tests and values/results used in the messages created in (f)(3)(i), use, at a minimum, the versions of the standards specified in the named § 170.207(a)(3) SNOMED CT® standard and the named § 170.207(c)(2) LOINC® standard.

Using the Normative Test Description section of the Normative Test Process Document, the tester uses the Test Tool Validation Report from (f)(3)(i) test cases and visual inspection of both the Test Tool Validation Report and the Health IT configuration file to verify laboratory tests and values/results are represented using the named § 170.207(a)(3) standard and the named § 170.207(c)(2) standard.


Version 1.2 Updated on 01-29-2016
Revision History
Version # Description of Change Version Date
1.0

Initial Publication

10-22-2015
1.1

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

12-07-2015
1.2

Added hyperlinks for the test tool/data, NIST Normative Test Process Document, and 2015 MU Specification Sheet.

01-29-2016
Regulation Text
Regulation Text

§170.315 (f)(3) Transmission to public health agencies – reportable laboratory tests and value/results

Create reportable laboratory tests and values/results for electronic transmission in accordance with:

  1. The standard (and applicable implementation specifications) specified in §170.205(g).
  2. At a minimum, the versions of the standards specified in §170.207(a)(3) and (c)(2).
Standard(s) Referenced

Certification Companion Guide: Transmission to public health agencies — reportable laboratory tests and value/results

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(f)(3). As a result, an ONC-ACB must ensure that a product presented for certification to a § 170.315(f) “paragraph (f)” 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 (f) 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 tested 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.

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:

  • For the public health certification criteria in § 170.315(f), health IT will only need to be certified to those criteria that are required to meet the measures the provider intends to report on to meet Objective 8: Public Health and Clinical Data Registry Reporting.
  • This certification criterion is intended for technology used in the inpatient (including emergency departments) setting.
  • There is no transport standard required for this criterion. [see also 77 FR 54247]
  • The NIST Electronic Laboratory Reporting (ELR) Test Tool tests conformance to the requirements in HL7 Version 2.5.1 Implementation Guide (IG): Electronic Laboratory Reporting to Public Health, Release 1 with Errata and Clarifications, and ELR 2.5.1 Clarification Document for EHR Technology Certification. In the Implementation Guide, RE means “Required, but may be empty” and is not an optional requirement. That is, an RE element is required to be implemented in the EHR technology, but operationally the data may or may not be present (depending on business rules and data availability). The Alternate and non-Alternate data elements have been specified as RE in the IG to ensure the technology can support (receive, process, store, send, etc.) both types (whether or not a particular installation site utilizes/needs this capability is irrelevant for certification testing, which is focused on making sure that buyers of certified EHR technology have the capability). Any Text for Patients and Provider are also RE, and therefore not optional for certification. With regard to repeatable fields, Patient Name (PID.5) can have unlimited repeated instances, and the IG indicates that supporting repeatable fields is a requirement. To support this requirement, the ELR Test Tool and Test Data ensure certified technology can support a minimum of two instances of PID.5.
  • The CDC has published the Reportable Condition Mapping Table (RCMT) that provides a subset of LOINC® and SNOMED CT® codes associated with reportable conditions. RCMT can be obtained from CDC vocabulary server PHIN VADS (http://phinvads.cdc.gov). [see also 77 FR 54247]
  • LOINC® SDO has created a tool known as “RELMA,” which helps to map the local tests to standard LOINC® laboratory tests. LOINC® SDO provides RELMA training twice a year and, through a partnership with LOINC® SDO, the CDC provides RELMA training to the public health community at least twice a year with a special focus on microbiology lab tests. [see also 77 FR 54247]

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Technical outcome – The Health IT Module can electronically create reportable laboratory tests and values/results messages which can be transmitted to public health agencies according to the HL7 2.5.1 standard, HL7 Version 2.5.1 Implementation Guide for Electronic Laboratory Reporting to Public Health, Release 1 with Errata and Clarifications, and ELR 2.5.1 Clarification Document for EHR Technology Certification.

Clarifications:

  • No additional clarifications available.

Paragraph (f)(3)(ii)

Technical outcome – The Health IT can represent data in the reportable laboratory test message using, at a minimum, the July 31, 2012 International Release of SNOMED CT® with the March 2012 Release of the US Extension to SNOMED CT® and Version 2.40 of LOINC®.

Clarifications:

  • We provide the following OIDs to assist developers in the proper identification and exchange of health information coded to certain vocabulary standards.
    • § SNOMED CT® OID: 2.16.840.1.113883.6.96
    • § LOINC® OID: 2.16.840.1.113883.6.1 [see also 80 FR 62612]
  • Health IT Modules can present for certification to a more recent version of SNOMED CT® (than the July 31, 2012 International Release and the March 2012 Release of the US Edition) and LOINC® (than Version 2.40) per ONC’s policy that permits certification to a more recent version of certain vocabulary standards. [see also 77 FR 54269]

Regulation Text
Regulation Text

§170.315 (f)(3) Transmission to public health agencies – reportable laboratory tests and value/results

Create reportable laboratory tests and values/results for electronic transmission in accordance with:

  1. The standard (and applicable implementation specifications) specified in §170.205(g).
  2. At a minimum, the versions of the standards specified in §170.207(a)(3) and (c)(2).
Content last reviewed on July 9, 2018
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