EHR Testing Continue during Government ShutdownWith numerous EHR vendors still not certified for Meaningful Use Stage 2, and the 2014 deadline right around the corner, the current government shutdown have providers worried about not getting Stage 2 certified in time. ONC Authorized Certification Bodies (ONC-ACBs) such as Drummond Group continue their EHR testing and certification during the shutdown without interruption. However, we do expect interruptions in the certification process related to the following services impacted by the government shutdown:

  1. Testing is impacted as the NIST-hosted test tools are not operational during the government shutdown.
  2. The ONC CHPL website is not accepting new submissions as these must be evaluated by ONC personnel before posting.
  3. In addition, automated functions on the CHPL, such as website accessibility, product lookup, CMS EHR Cert ID generation, and others should continue to function, but with products that are currently present on the CHPL, as of the CHPL data upload on Sept. 27, 2013.
  4. The ONC staff and contractors will not be available for technical support, assistance or programming during this shutdown, so new products’ data will be delayed in being posted to the CHPL site.

As a provider, the easiest way to not have to worry about Meaningful Use deadlines is to choose an already certified EHR. HealthFusion’s MediTouch received its 2014 certification by Drummond Group more than six months before the January 2014 deadline, and has all the functionality required to achieve Meaningful Use Stage 2.