ONC Criteria


Step One: The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) Health IT Certification Program helps to ensure that health IT conforms to the standards and certification criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. The Office of Health IT Certification was established to develop and oversee national programs for the certification of health information technology by the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act. Health IT certification provides assurance to purchasers and other users that a system meets the technological capability, functionality, and security requirements. Review the ONC Health IT Certification program – http://www.healthit.gov/policy-researchers-implementers/about-onc-health-it-certification-program (Links to an external site.).

Step Two:  To ensure the requirements are met, ONC Health IT developed a set of functional and conformance testing criteria for certification.  Review the ONC Health IT Testing Requirements page – https://www.healthit.gov/policy-researchers-implementers/2015-edition-test-method. (Links to an external site.)

Step Three:  Go to 170.315(b)(3): Electronic Prescribing and read the companion guide

https://www.healthit.gov/test-method/electronic-prescribing (Links to an external site.)

Step Four:  Also for 170.315(b)(3): Electronic Prescribing, read the test procedure

https://www.healthit.gov/test-method/electronic-prescribing (Links to an external site.) (see second tab)

Step Five:  Also for 170.315(b)(3): Electronic Prescribing, go to the test tool and then to the Electronic Prescribing (eRx) link

https://www.healthit.gov/test-method/electronic-prescribing (Links to an external site.) (see third tab)

Step Six:  Once in the eRx tool, click on the green “Structured SIG Testing: Start Testing” button to use the tool. You will need to register which is free and instantaneous.

Step Seven:  After registering, login using your new credentials. Go into a Test Case and a Test Step by clicking on “test selection” in the top menu bar. Use the left menu to select test cases/scenarios – be sure to expand the case fully to reveal the “test story” page. Take a screen shot of the example message that you see.

Step Eight:  Submit your screen shot, along with a 2-3 page summary detailing what you learned as you reviewed the ONC criteria for grading. Ensure that you include a discussion of the importance of the concepts of vocabulary, language, terminology, and nomenclature. Your summary with screen shot should be in Microsoft Word format.  Cite all sources in APA format.

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