EHR Usability Evaluations

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EHR Safety-enhanced design (§170.315.g.3) (aka Usability) Testing for Meaningful Use 2015 Certification

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has made several enhancements to the Safety-enhanced (aka usability) testing portion of the certification criteria.

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) established a Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) that, in part, is based upon compliance with certain rules. The following describes what is required to obtain the ONC 2015 Edition Certification for Safety-enhanced Design (§170.315.g.3) for an EHR.

Developers have been developing health IT products, including EHRs, which they intend to have certified to the 2015 Edition certification criteria requirements. Any modifications that CMS considers for the EHR Incentive Programs or MIPS would be proposed in future rulemaking and would take into account the certification criteria available through the ONC Health IT Certification Program and the 2015 Edition final rule, as well as the time needed for product development and certification.