Not often that a government agency retreats from a proposal for large-scale regulatory change in favor of fewer requirements in order to provide flexibility and clarity. So it is worth note that the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) did just that when it issued its final rule last week to update criteria for Electronic Health Record (EHR) Certification. In the final rule, ONC “adopted a small subset” of its original proposals revealed in a proposed rule issued back in February.

In the Preamble, ONC states it was driven by its goals and timeline to enhance health information exchange by making the program “more effective and less burdensome in achieving regulatory objectives,” while increasing “regulatory flexibility” and promoting further innovation.