Pediatric Certification FAQs

  • Drummond Pediatric Health IT Certification Program builds upon the ONC guidelines for testing and certifying electronic health records. This means an ONC certification is required to get pediatric certification.

    ONC Prerequisites:

    170.315.a.1-5: CPOE, Drug/Allergy Interaction Checks, Demographics
    170.315.a.9: Clinical Decision Support
    170.315.a.12: Family Health History
    170.315.b.3: Electronic Prescribing
    170.315.d.1-9, 12-13: Privacy/Security criteria
    170.315.e.1: View, download, transmit to a 3rd party (portal)
    170.315.f.1: Transmission to immunization registries
    170.315.g.3-5: Safety-enhanced design, quality management system, accessibility-centered design
    170.315.g.6: Consolidated CDA creation performance

    More information about each of the ONC certification criteria can be found at:

    https://www.healthit.gov/topic/certification-ehrs/2015-edition-test-method

    https://www.healthit.gov/topic/certification-ehrs/2015-edition-cures-update-test-method

  • No, it’s not necessary to have completed any or all of the ONC prerequisites before enrolling in the Pediatric Health IT Certification Program, BUT completion of the ONC prerequisites is required to receive the Pediatric Health IT Certification. You may enroll in both PediatricHealth IT Certification and ONC Certification concurrently.

  • ONC Certification is a separate program. Go to ONC Health IT Services for pricing and more information.

  • Fees are based on the time it takes the participant to complete Baseline and/or Advanced Achievements with a Drummond test proctor.

    Half day (3 hours) – $5,000 and time must be used same day or is forfeited
    Full Day (6 hours) – $9,950 and time must be used same day or is forfeited

  • A comprehensive set of EHR functionality is tested in the baseline Ambulatory track, covering a set of topics, based on the Children’s EHR Format 2015 Priority List and contains one or more real world scenarios with realistic patient data. Both baseline and advanced pediatric requirements are tested as part of these workflows and scenarios.

    Ambulatory Workflows: Each workflow contains one or more real-world scenarios with realistic patient data.

    • Well Child Visits
    • Children with Special Needs
    • Sick Child Visit
    • Care Team Contract Management
    • Well Child Visit Compliance Improvement
    • Consent for Care
    • Immunizations
  • A comprehensive set of EHR functionality is tested in the baseline Inpatient track, covering a set of topics, based on the Children’s EHR Format 2015 Priority List and contains one or more real world scenarios with realistic patient data. Both baseline and advanced pediatric requirements are tested as part of these workflows and scenarios.

    Inpatient Workflows: Each workflow contains one or more real world scenarios with realistic patient data.

    • ER Visits
    • Birth-to-Discharge
    • Newborn Screening Process Management
    • Pediatric Surgical Admit-to-Discharge
    • Pediatric Chronic Illness Recurring Outpatient
    • Extended Stay Care
    • Immunizations
  • Length of time it will take for proctored testing will vary by the participant’s preparedness and degree to which existing product must be updated to meet compliance, but we estimate a well-prepared participant should be able to complete testing in 1.5 days.

  • Within each workflow, there are scenarios with test requirements either baseline-required (“SHALL”) or optional advanced requirements (“SHOULD”). Completing the optional advanced requirements count toward Advanced Achievements. Advanced Achievements are graded by the tests passed to provide the participant’s product with market differentiation on specific functionality.

    Advanced Achievements:

    • Well Child Practice Improvement – Ambulatory (170.315.a.15)
    • Newborn Care and Screening – Inpatient
    • Medication Management
    • Immunization (HIMSS IIP funded by CDC)*
    • Quality Reporting (170.315.c.1-4 and a set of CMS pediatric centric CQMs)**
    • Security and Privacy (170.315.b7-8 DSAP)
    • Care Team/Planning (170.315.b.9 plus others, e.g. Care Team Contact management
    • Data Exchange and Interoperability (170.315.b.1 and 170.315.g.10)

    *Immunization Advanced Achievements are satisfied by showing proof of recognition of compliance to the HIMSS Immunization Integration Program (IIP). No additional fees are required by Drummond Group for the Immunization Advanced Achievement.

    **List of CMS pediatric centric CQMs included in Quality Reporting: CMS2, CMS9, CMS74, CMS75, CMS117, CMS136, CMS137, CMS146, CMS153, CMS154, CMS155, CMS159, CMS160, CMS177

  • Recertification will be required every two years. In the event the EHR developer chooses not to recertify biennially, the rights to use the Drummond Certified™ certification marks will be terminated.

  • Datasheet: Drummond Pediatric Health IT Certification Program

    The datasheet provides an overview of Drummond’s Pediatric Health IT Certification Program.

    Call to Action for Pediatrics Providers

    This article explains how Drummond’s Pediatric Health IT Certification benefits pediatric providers and how providers can discuss certification with their EHR vendors.

    Applied Clinical Informatics Article

    Drummond’s Todd Margo and Cori Thompson are co-authors of “Comment on Dr. Chung’s Editorial: Information Technology – What We Need for Optimal Care of Children.” The article focuses on how many EHR systems were not built with pediatric patients or healthcare workers in mind. It also includes information on the HL7 Pediatric Care Health IT (PCHIT) FP Project and proposes to address this gap with an updated HL7 PCHIT FP. This site provides more information: https://www.thieme-connect.de/products/ejournals/abstract/10.1055/s-0041-1740922

    HL7 Pediatric Care Health IT Functional Profile Project

    Drummond helped lead the HL7 Pediatric Care Health IT Functional Profile Project to update the 2008 HL7 PCHIT FP and align with the current HL7 EHR Functional Model (FM) R2.1. This informative standard will provide EHR vendors with improved guidance on functionality important to pediatric clinicians. Requirements in Drummond’s Pediatric Certification Program have been reviewed and included in the updated 2022 PCHIT FP.


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