The HIT Policy Committee added that "HHS Certification is not intended to be viewed as a 'seal of approval' or an indication of the benefits of one system over another." Other recommendation by the HIT Policy Committee:
- The National Coordinator should determine the criteria for HHS Certification, which should be limited to the minimum set of criteria that are necessary to: (a) meet the functional requirements of the statute, and (b) achieve the Meaningful Use Objectives.
- The focus on Meaningful Use should reduce the barriers currently faced by vendors that focus on specialists.
- Criteria on functions/features should be high level; however, criteria on interoperability should be more explicit.
- These criteria should be updated as the definition of meaningful use evolves.
- Workgroup encourages the industry to continue to provide advisory services that can rate other aspects of EHRs that are important to purchasers, such as non-meaningful use features and functions and vendor viability and support capabilities.
- The Office of National Coordinator is encouraged to explore critical aspects of e-health records for which certification criteria may not exist today-- for example, usability and improved models for system and data architecture.
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