Real World Testing Game Plan For Health IT Vendors

CMS has introduced so many new acronyms and programs within the last year that many are scratching their heads. Standards Version Advancement Process (SVAP) and Real World Testing (RWT) are two new Health IT Acronyms. As you know from our previous blogs and our whitepaper on Conditions of Certification (COC), RWT §170.405(a) is a requirement for 2021. Today, we are going to cover all the bases as we discuss Real World Testing.

What is Real World Testing?

Health IT developers must demonstrate interoperability and functionality of their certified module in a real world setting and scenario. This testing verifies the certified module functions outside of the ONC-Authorized Testing Laboratory (ONC-ATL) controlled testing environment. As a continued push towards transparency, these plans and results will be publicly reported on the ONC CHPL. So, consider your customer’s use cases and your product’s functionality and target markets as you approach RWT test plan creation.

Who is required to submit test plans?

If you have a 2015 Edition or 2015 Edition Cures Update EHR or module certified by an ONC-Authorized Certification Body (ONC-ACB) for the criteria listed below, you must submit a test plan. Health IT Modules not yet deployed are still required to be considered in a Real World Testing plan. If a Health IT Developer does not have customers or has not deployed their Certified Health IT Module(s) at the time the Real World Testing plan is due, the Health IT Developer should address prospective use cases for the coming year in their RWT plan.