Health IT for Pediatric Care and Practice Settings

Health IT can be used to support the safe and effective health care of children. In response to the requirements set forth in section 4001 of the Cures Act, ONC has:

  1. Developed ten recommendations for the voluntary certification of health IT for pediatric care that does NOT include a separate certification program for pediatric care and practice settings.
  2. Identified relevant certification Program criteria (referred to as the 2015 Edition Cures Update, which is inclusive of both the 2015 Edition Certification Criteria and the 2015 Edition Cures Update criteria).
  3. Focused on non-regulatory initiatives that are nimble and responsive to stakeholders, including development of informational resources [PDF - 464 KB] to support setting-specific implementation that aligns with the ONC Health IT Certification Program.

This content on pediatric health IT compiles relevant documents as part of ONC’s final rulemaking to improve the interoperability of health information, including recommendations for pediatric health IT voluntary certification criteria. 

Additional Information:

View the ONC 21st Century Cures Act Proposed Rule including pediatric health IT archived information here. View the ONC Interoperability Standards Advisory (ISA) pediatric content.

Read the latest blog post on ONC's Pediatric Health IT Efforts


  • Vital Signs, BMI, and Growth Charts: 80 FR 62682
  • CCDS Vital signs including optional reference range/growth curve for three pediatric vital signs: 80 FR 62695
  • Requirement of health IT limit a user’s ability to electronically prescribe oral, liquid medications in only metric: 80 FR 62643
  • Types of Care and Practice Settings: 80 FR 62704
Content last reviewed on July 28, 2020
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