How valuable is Accreditation?

In the march towards ubiquitous electronic medical records, which can be securely shared across a national healthcare information network, ensuring interoperability between Health Information Service Providers (HISPs) is a critical milestone for participants in the ecosystem.

To that end, DirectTrust and the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC) partnered to establish a national accreditation program for HISPs.  EHNAC’s Direct Trusted Agent Accreditation Program (DTAAP) ensures that HISPs adhere to policy and best practice recommendations surrounding Direct Secure Messaging (Direct). Direct is a national encryption standard for securely exchanging clinical healthcare data via the Internet.

One of the benefits of attaining EHNAC certification is assurance of HISP-to-HISP interoperability among accredited Trust Agents and other Direct participants. Certification also validates the ‘technical, security, trust, and business practice conformance of Trust Agents involved in Direct. In other words, EHNAC has done a lot of the ‘due diligence’ for an EHR vendor searching for a HISP.  Just as when you look for a new doctor you make sure they are licensed.  When searching for a HISP you know they have met certain standards if they are EHNAC certified. It saves everyone a lot of time.

EHNAC-Logo_A_DTAAP_HISP1-193x300That’s why everyone at DataMotion paused last week to celebrate our latest achievement, DirectTrust/EHNAC DTAAP accreditation as a HISP for Direct. This rigorous process involved many hours of hard work including the preparation of 147 total documents, as well as several rounds of meticulous off-site and on-site reviews.  All told, it reflects well on EHNAC and DirectTrust in leaving nothing to chance when it comes to protecting the transmission of Protected Health Information (PHI). For our EHR partners and their healthcare providers, this accreditation brings the assurance that DataMotion is a trusted entity in the ecosystem that will deliver on the promise of better care through the secure electronic exchange of healthcare data. Now – back to work! We look forward to helping more EHR vendors and their Healthcare Providers participate in the dynamic Direct Secure Messaging market.

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