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:
- 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.
- 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).
- Focused on non-regulatory initiatives that are nimble and responsive to stakeholders, including development of informational resources 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.
NEW for 2022: Pediatric Health Information Technology: Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) Informational Resource
This Informational Resource supports the implementation of health IT products used by clinicians that provide healthcare for infants with NAS and was developed in accordance with select provisions of the SUPPORT Act in collaboration with CMS. It focuses on twelve clinical priorities and is guided by:
- Earlier recommendations, sources, and relevant findings from two pediatric health information technology (IT) resources developed in 2020 by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC)
- Stakeholder identified priorities and refined content as applicable to the care of infants with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS)
ONC, via an interagency agreement with CMS, developed the NAS IR in response to Sections 1003(aa)(2)(D)(i) 1005(a), and 7062(4) of the SUPPORT Act, to improve care for infants with NAS. This is the third pediatric health information technology information resource and is part of a broader ONC effort to advance interoperable health IT across the care continuum.
As part of this work, a diverse panel of clinical and informatics experts identified five new clinical priorities for providers treating NAS. The NAS IR also repeated the identification of seven other priorities previously called out in the other pediatric information resources mentioned above.
Additional information available in this ONC Buzz Blog post.
The Health IT for Pediatric Care and Practice Settings fact sheet [PDF - 241 KB] summarizes ONC’s response to requirements set forth in the Cures Act to support multiple care and practice settings, including the pediatric care and practice settings.
The ONC Pediatric Health Information Technology: Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Information Resource [PDF - 808 KB] is intended to help clinicians that provide healthcare for infants with NAS. (NAS IR) builds on the foundation of the other IRs, focusing on a critical population.
The ONC Pediatric Health Information Technology: Developer Informational Resource [PDF - 594 KB] is part of ONC’s non-regulatory initiative to inform the technical and implementation specifications for developers of health IT products used by clinicians that provide healthcare for children. View the interactive version [PDF - 725 KB].
The ONC Pediatric Health Information Technology: Pediatric Healthcare Provider Informational Resource [PDF - 1.01 MB] complements the Developer IR and is also intended to help healthcare providers work with their health IT developers. View the interactive version [PDF - 1.2 MB].
- View the final ONC 21st Century Cures Act Rule
- View the ONC 21st Century Cures Act Proposed Rule including pediatric health IT archived information and the Pediatric Technical Worksheets [PDF - 464 KB].
- 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