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.
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:
ONC Certification is a separate program. Go to ONC Health IT Services for pricing and more information.
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
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
- Newborn Screening Process Management
- Pediatric Surgical Admit-to-Discharge
- Pediatric Chronic Illness Recurring Outpatient
- Extended Stay Care
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.
- 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
The purpose of the Drummond Pediatric Health Information Technology (IT) Certification Steering Committee is to provide appropriate guidance and governance pertaining to Drummond’s Pediatric Health IT Certification Program and future pediatric testing and certification program releases as need emerges.
Currently it is composed of representatives from organizations such as American Academy of Pediatrics and HL7, health IT solution providers (Cerner/Oracle, NextGen, Office Practicum) and leading pediatric clinicians and informaticists from institutions such as University of Texas Southwestern and Arkansas Children’s Hospital.
The datasheet provides an overview of Drummond’s Pediatric Health IT Certification Program.
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
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.