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Security Risk Assessment Workshop

InfoGard recognizes the concerns healthcare providers have with safeguarding patient information. The healthcare industry has seen a rise in the number of breaches to health records over the past 4. Offering guidance and hands on classroom experience focusing on security risk assessment of healthcare facilities, InfoGard will be conducting a training workshop on September 22, 2015 in Los Angeles.

This interactive workshop will provide a clear and practical understanding of the security requirements surrounding healthcare facilities. Attendees will learn how to identify, categorize, and address potential risks within a facility.

To find out more about the workshop and to register click here.

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2015 Edition Proposed Rule – Proposed Gap Certification Criteria

In the 2015 Edition Proposed Rule ONC lists the criteria that are proposed to be eligible for Gap Certification. If you want to get a jump on the 2015 Edition, have your Health IT Module (formerly called EHR Module or Complete EHR) certified to some or all of the 2014 Edition criteria. You should then be able to focus your efforts on developing to the new 2015 Edition criteria and utilize the Gap Certification option for the below criteria. The 2015 Edition Proposed Rule identifies 20 criteria that will be eligible for Gap compared to only 12 criteria that were eligible from the 2011 Edition to the 2014 Edition. Continue reading

2015 Edition Proposed Rule – Change Reporting for Certified EHRs

In the 2015 Edition Proposed Rule, ONC has put forth a recommendation that would require ONC-ACBs to obtain monthly reports from developers of certified EHR products of any adaptations or updates made to their certified EHRs. These reports would provide awareness to ONC-ACBs of changes and adaptations that could in turn feed into decisions of when to conduct surveillance on a specific EHR (see blog post from May 4, 2015). Continue reading

2015 Edition Proposed Rule – ONC’s Proposed Surveillance Requirements, “In-the-field”

In the 2015 Edition Proposed Rule, ONC proposes to require in-the-field surveillance to be conducted by ONC-ACBs. The concept of in-the-field surveillance has been included in previous Rules, but here ONC provides further guidance on when it must be utilized.

In the Proposed Rule, “in-the-field” is defined as, “an ONC-ACB’s assessment of whether a certified Complete EHR or certified Health IT Module to which it has issued a certification continues to conform to the certification’s requirements once implemented and in use in-the-field.” ONC goes on to clarify that this would require the ONC-ACB to perform the assessment utilizing PHI (or equivalent test data) at a user site. Continue reading

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2015 Edition Proposed Rule – Changing “EHR Module” to “Health IT Module”

In the 2015 Edition Proposed Rule, ONC has recommended that the term “EHR Module” be changed to “Health IT Module”. This change would support the expansion of the ONC Health IT Certification Program to include other types of Health IT besides just EHRs.

ONC has already removed the term “Complete EHR” for any edition after the 2014 Edition (see the 2014 Edition Release 2 Final Rule). The change to Health IT Module would remove the term “EHR” from the Certification Program entirely. Continue reading


ONC 2015 Edition Criteria and MU Stage 3 Proposed Rules Announced

ONC has published a proposed rule defining the 2015 Edition of EHR certification requirements.

An email announcement from ONC on March 20, 2015 revealed the following information:

“The 2015 Edition Health IT Certification Criteria proposed rule aligns with the path toward interoperability – the secure, efficient, and effective sharing and use of health information…” Continue reading

Certification Criteria

Removal of the 2011 Edition Certification Criteria

In the Final Rule for the 2014 Edition Release 2 Certification Criteria (published in Sept. 2014), ONC removed the 2011 Edition Certification Criteria from the Code of Federal Regulations (see Section C on Page 54447). As of March 1, 2015, the certification criteria 170.302, 170.304, and 170.306 can no longer be tested and certified by the Accredited Testing Laboratories (ATL) and Authorized Certification Bodies (ACBs). Continue reading

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New York Assembly Delays e-Prescribing Mandate

Today the New York State Assembly passed an amendment delaying the start of mandatory electronic prescriptions. This amendment, already passed by the State Senate, pushes the mandate to March 27, 2016 giving prescribers and pharmacists an extra year to implement e-Prescribing.

The amendment will be sent to the Governor of New York for approval.