The Health Collaborative has received a new accreditation that will help to improve patient care and lower health care costs for the Greater Cincinnati region and beyond.
The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC) and non-profit organization DirectTrust have awarded The Health Collaborative full accreditation under the Direct Trust Agent Accreditation Program for Health Service Providers (HISPs).
“As a Health Information Exchange, we have been providing trusted and secure electronic health information to our customers in our region since 1998,” said Jason W. Buckner, SVP, Informatics for The Health Collaborative. “The DirectTrust accreditation will allow more efficient transfer of clinical information across health care providers, and represents a great leap towards improved interoperability for Greater Cincinnati.”
DirectTrust, which governs entities engaged in directed exchange of electronic health information, awarded the new accreditation to The Health Collaborative for its demonstrated compliance with “industry-established security controls and standards, identity proofing, HIPAA regulations and specifications of the Direct Project.”
Accreditation enables The Health Collaborative’s customers and partners to communicate directly and more quickly with hospitals, medical practices, and other healthcare professionals regardless of EHR systems.
For patients, the increased efficiency of electronic health records means better coordinated, quality care at the places they receive health care. Similarly, health care providers could realize reduced
readmissions and lower costs through expedited transfer of information.
Through the rigorous review process, The Health Collaborative was evaluated in the areas of privacy, security and confidentiality; technical performance; business practices; and organizational resources related to directed exchange participants. In addition, EHNAC reviewed the process of managing and transferring protected health information and determined that it meets or exceeds all EHNAC criteria and industry standards.
“Endorsed by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), the Direct Trusted Agent Accreditation Program ensures that organizations like The Health Collaborative establish and uphold a superior level of trust for their stakeholders,” said Lee Barrett, executive director of EHNAC. “The need in the marketplace for guidance and accountability in health information exchange is undeniable, and we applaud The Health Collaborative’s commitment to the highest standards in privacy, security and confidentiality.”
DirectTrust.org is a non-profit, competitively neutral, self-regulatory entity created by and for participants in the Direct community, including HISPs, CAs and RAs, doctors, patients, and vendors, and supports b
oth provider-to-provider as well as patient-to-provider Direct exchange. The goal of DirectTrust.org is to develop, promote and, as necessary, help enforce the rules and best practices necessary to maintain security and trust within the Direct community, consistent with the HITECH Act and the governance rules for the NwHIN established by ONC. DirectTrust.org is committed to fostering widespread public confidence in the Direct exchange of health information. To learn more, visit www.directtrust.org.
The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC) is a voluntary, self-governing standards development organization (SDO) established to develop standard criteria and accredit organ
izations that electronically exchange healthcare data. These entities include accountable care organizations, electronic health networks, EPCS vendors, eprescribing solution providers, financial services firms, health information exchanges, health information service providers, management service organizations, medical billers, outsourced service providers, payers, practice management system vendors and third-party administrators.
EHNAC was founded in 1993 and is a tax-exempt 501(c)(6) nonprofit organization. Guided by peer evaluation, the EHNAC accreditation process promotes quality service, innovation, cooperation and open competition in healthcare. To learn more, visit www.ehnac.org, contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.