EHR Certification is a Black Box
The EHR vendors have not been sharing HOW their products are being certified. Currently, it is a black box. This is VERY frustrating. Especially since hospitals and doctors are supposed to be using the EHRs as cerified. Often there are many ways for an EHR to accomplish a testing objective. The current certification just produces a check box and a pretty certificate. How do we deploy and use the product in a certified way is a mystery. My EHR vendors have not been forthcoming with this informtation (slippery is a term that comes to mind).
During a HIMSS meeting with an ONC official, it became apparent to me that ONC now realizes this is a problem. There was a discussion that the vendors should provide screen shots for each step to share this with their customers. ONC can compel them to do this, but I would like to see the vendors do this on their own.
For me, this is one more reason to take the self certification route.
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