Becker's Healthcare September 14, 2021
CMS recently updated regulations for its Medicare Promoting Interoperability program to require eligible hospitals to complete an annual self-assessment of their EHRs using ONC-sponsored safety guidelines.
1. In the Aug. 13 action, CMS said hospitals participating in the interoperability program must finish ONC’s Safety Assurance Factors for EHR Resilience Guides beginning in 2022.
2. ONC developed the SAFER guidelines in 2014 and later revised them in 2016. Each SAFER guide comprises 12 to 29 recommended practices to help providers decrease the risk of patient harm caused by EHRs.
3. In a 2019 study published in JAMA, researchers found that 39.5 percent of EHR-related products under surveillance had “nonconformities” with existing EHR certification regulations that were linked to potential patient harm, according to a...