10 Apr Cerner, Epic join CMS’ EHR test program
Voluntary test program launched a year ago
Cerner Corporation and Epic Systems have joined iPatientCare as CMS Designated Test EHR Program participants.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology announced the two rival companies’ participation April 6. The CMS program, designed to test electronic data exchange capabilities, is voluntary.
Since the Test EHR Program was launched just over a year ago, more than 4,000 providers have registered to conduct tests, and more than 5,000 have successfully attested to the transition of care meaningful use core objective, ONC notes. In the past the program also included MEDITECH and McKesson.
The MU Stage 2’s transition of care objective, measure No. 3, requires eligible professionals and eligible hospitals/critical access hospitals to either:
The preferred method is for providers seeking to attest to measure No. 3 – the exchange of a summary of care record with a provider using an EHR from a different technology developer. The Test EHR is available as a last resort option to meet this measure if the first option cannot be met. It is also important to note that this summary of care exchange requirement can be met during anytime in the reporting year and does not have to occur within the actual reporting period, ONC said in a statement.
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