Question: For meaningful use objectives of the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs that require a provider to test the transfer of data, such as "capability to exchange key clinical information" and testing submission of data to public health agencies, if multiple eligible professionals (EPs) are using the same certified EHR technology across several physical locations, can a single test serve to meet the measures of these objectives?
Answer: No, if multiple EPs are using the same certified EHR technology in different physical locations/settings (e.g., different practice locations), there must be a single test performed for each physical location/setting. This is true even if the certified EHR technology that is used in the different physical locations is connected to the same server. The purpose of this testing is to demonstrate that the information can be transferred from where it was created (the physical location/setting of the EP or group of EPs) to another provider of care, patient-authorized entity or public health agency. While we understand that several different physical locations/settings may send this information through a central server or on mostly the same path, there may be some degree of variation in the path of transmission or the infrastructure involved.