Five weeks ago I wrote that the then-imminent release of the Meaningful Use Stage 2 final rules did not mean vendors could turn a crank and produce software code that healthcare providers, would be able to seamlessly implement in order to meet deadlines looming in 2013 and 2014.
On Friday, during an online briefing about the just-released 2014 final rules, the squeeze on vendors seemed to tighten during an exchange with ONC federal policy division director Steve Posnack.
Someone asked him when certification of vendor code for Meaningful Use 2014-compliant software would begin.
"It's hard for me to give a definitive timeline," Posnack responded. "The test procedures have to be published for all the new certification criteria, and those are in the process of being finalized right now. Then they'll be subject to the period of public comment, so I think there is a window of variability in terms of when that would start.