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Introducing Leidos as a new ONC-Authorized Testing Laboratory (ONC-ATL)

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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) is pleased to announce that Leidos, Inc. (Leidos) has been granted status as an ONC-Authorized Testing Laboratory (ONC-ATL) in the ONC Health IT Certification Program (Program). Leidos now becomes one of four organizations to hold current ONC-ATL status alongside Drummond Group, ICSA Labs, and SLI Compliance.
ONC, in collaboration with the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP) developed and maintains the Healthcare Information Technology Testing Laboratory Accreditation Program administered by NVLAP. 

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Real World Testing Update: 100% of Developers Submit Plans to ONC

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One of the most important functions that the Office of National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) performs is administering the ONC Health IT Certification Program (the Program). A critical aspect of the Program is to ensure that certified health IT meets established requirements in order to give confidence to users that the health IT performs in conformance with those requirements. Testing in controlled test environments has been a cornerstone of the Program’s processes, however, it is also important to gauge the performance of systems in the field,

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Inferno Redesigned: Easier, Faster, Extensible

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ONC is excited to announce the launch of the Inferno Framework and the (g)(10) Standardized API Test Kit, the new version of the testing method for the § 170.315(g)(10) criterion in the ONC Health IT Certification Program (Certification Program). This new edition of Inferno is the product of a continued evolution of health IT standards testing and is designed to be more useful for health IT developers and easier for the health IT community to leverage for different types of standards conformance testing.

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An Upcoming Milestone in Our Interoperability Journey

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It’s going to be a busy year – a really busy year. In 2022, much of the promise of the 21st Century Cures Act comes to certified health IT near you.
ONC dutifully monitors industry progress towards certification to the 2015 Edition Cures Update (Cures Update), which introduces new standards and functionalities that will benefit our health care system in a variety of ways. This includes improved interoperability through secure, standards-based application programming interfaces (APIs) and the United States Core Data for Interoperability Version 1 (USCDI v1);

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DYK: There’s a Conformance Review Process for Certified Health IT

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The use of certified health IT in clinical settings is complicated. We know that certification testing in the lab is different from using certified health IT in the real world, somewhat akin to the difference between “efficacy” and “effectiveness” in drug development. This is why the ONC Health IT Certification Program (Certification Program) compels participating developers to ensure that their certified health IT conforms to the full range of requirements during and after lab-based testing. When suspected issues arise with certified health IT – sometimes called “non-conformities” – the Certification Program’s conformance review process helps provide a path to resolve them.

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Shining a Light on FHIR Implementation: Progress Toward Publishing FHIR Endpoints

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Using APIs “without Special Effort”

The ONC’s Cures Act Final Rule (Cures Rule) supports patients’ and providers’ access to electronic health information (EHI) through Health Level Seven (HL7®) Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR®) application programming interfaces (APIs). FHIR is ready for prime-time and the Cures Rule requires certain developers of certified health IT to provide a certified, FHIR API to their customer base by December 31, 2022.
To ensure these certified APIs can be accessed and used “without special effort”,

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Calling all Beta Testers: New Opportunity to help ONC Update the Inferno Test Tool

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Beginning March 2022, Inferno, ONC’s test tool for the “standardized API for patient and population services” certification criterion, will support beta testing for the Health Level Seven (HL7®) Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR®) US Core Implementation Guide (IG) 4.0.0. This new version is expected to include several enhancements from version 3.1.1 and we’re looking for early feedback from health IT developers who are interested in using the new version in the future as part of Inferno testing.

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A New Window into How Certified Health IT Is Being Used

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In section 3009A of the 21st Century Cures Act of 2016 (Cures Act), Congress created the “Electronic Health Record Reporting Program” and required health IT developers participating in the ONC Health IT Certification Program to publicly report certain information about their certified health IT products consistent with a new “condition of maintaining certification.” The goal of this program is to bolster market competitiveness by making publicly available comparative information on the capabilities and uses of certified EHR systems.

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New Resources to Help Health IT Developers Understand ONC Cures Act Final Rule Requirements

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As the compliance dates for the 21st Century Cures Act: Information Blocking, Interoperability, and the ONC Health IT Certification Program Final Rule (ONC Cures Act Final Rule) draw nearer, ONC has created additional resources to assist the health IT developer community. These resources include a consolidated view of key dates, a criterion-by-criterion resource for the 2015 Edition Cures Update, and a deep dive into forthcoming certified application programming interface (API) requirements.
While these new resources focus on specific aspects of the ONC Cures Act Final Rule for health IT developers there is a growing library of educational materials and explanations about it that we encourage all health IT developers to consult:

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What You Need to Know About the Conditions and Maintenance of Certification

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Now that the dust has settled ever so slightly on the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology’s (ONC) Cures Act Final Rule, we wanted to dive a little deeper into the Conditions and Maintenance of Certification provisions.

What exactly are the Conditions and Maintenance of Certification?

For background, Section 4002 of the 21st Century Cures Act requires the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to establish Conditions and Maintenance of Certification requirements for the ONC Health IT Certification Program.
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