Certification Testing Procedures OK'd

Published
  • August 18 2010, 4:52pm EDT

The National Institutes of Standards and Technology has published approved procedures that Authorized Testing and Certification Bodies will use as part of the process of certifying that electronic health record products support meaningful use requirements under the HITECH Act.

The test procedures "help ensure that electronic health records function properly and work interchangeably across systems developed by different vendors," according to a statement from NIST, which is part of the Department of Commerce. "The set of 45 approved test procedures evaluate components of electronic health records such as their encryption, how they plot and display growth charts, and how they control access so that only authorized users can access their information."

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