The HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has published an interim final rule to remove two electronic health records implementation specifications it erroneously adopted.

The action was expected as ONC acknowledged the error in September. In the Code of Federal Regulations, the error is at 24 CFR 170.205(d)(2). The Department of Health and Human Services this year adopted specific specifications to clarify how to use an EHR to electronically record, modify, retrieve and submit syndrome-based public health surveillance information. However, the specifications were not designed for EHR users, but to guide public health agencies on how to report to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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