This week ONC published the Final Rule defining the 2015 Edition of EHR certification requirements. In addition, CMS released the Final Rule for Meaningful Use Stage 3.
What this means for EHR developers:
The 2015 Edition certification criteria are the next set of criteria used to certify EHRs. Vendors will need to use these criteria when developing their products to be used for Meaningful Use. Testing to the 2015 Edition is expected to start in early 2016.
What this means for providers/hospitals:
According to the rule from CMS, Stage 3 will start in 2018 with an optional year starting in 2017. This gives providers and hospitals 2 years (2016-2017) to select and install an EHR certified to the 2015 Edition certification criteria.
More information on the ONC Health IT Certification Program can be found at: https://www.healthit.gov/policy-researchers-implementers/onc-health-it-certification-program
More information on Meaningful Use can be found on the CMS EHR Incentive Programs website at: http://www.cms.gov/Regulations-and-Guidance/Legislation/EHRIncentivePrograms/index.html.
See also the press release by HHS: http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2015pres/10/20151006a.html