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.
ONC has developed draft test methods to accompany the new certification criteria outlined in the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to Improve the Interoperability of Health Information. The test method offers the objective guidance to ONC-Authorized Testing Laboratories (ONC-ATLs) as they conduct Health IT module testing in the program.
Please consult the Proposed Rule entitled: 21st Century Cures Act: Interoperability, Information Blocking, and the ONC Health IT Certification Program, for a detailed description of the certification criterion with which these testing steps are associated.
The feedback period is now open for the test procedures. We value all of your feedback, and encourage stakeholders to consult the proposed rule in tandem with the draft test method as it provides the detailed requirements for each certification criteria. Please note that the test tools and/or test data may not be currently available for all the functionality of the new criteria in the proposed rule.
Feedback on the draft test methods are due by 11:59 pm ET on June 3, 2019. Please note that comments on the draft test procedures should be submitted separately from comments on the draft rule