WASHINGTON – The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT released Feb. 24 its proposed rule for the certification of electronic health record systems.
Under the proposed rule, vendors must make sure their electronic health records support functions, such as providing patients online access to their health information and electronic health information exchange between providers to enable care coordination, patient engagement, security and safety.
[See also: Mostashari: 'Breathtaking progress' on EHR front]Among its requirements, vendors and providers have a single standard instead of options to communicate information in certain transactions. These include Health Level 7 2.51 for lab results, syndromic surveillance, and immunizations. <READ MORE>