ONC corrects specification in final EHR certification rule

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has moved to correct some incorrect information in the final rule for certification of EHRs, taking out two implementation specifications regarding public-health surveillance. HHS previously acknowledged that it had "erroneously" included the measures, Health Data Management reports. ONC says that inclusion of the specifications in the final rule for certification of EHRs for the "meaningful use" incentive program has caused confusion among technology vendors and authorized testing and certification bodies. "The adoption of these implementation specifications also presents an unnecessary obstacle for EHR technology developers," the interim final rule says. The new language became effective upon publication, but HHS is accepting comments on the measure through Nov. 12. FierceHealthIT

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