TNAP-QHIN accreditation ensures adherence to security, privacy, rights management, and other existing and new regulatory compliance requirements
SAN DIEGO, Calif., December 5, 2019 -- EMR Direct, a leading developer of software for secure health information exchange and provider of Direct Messaging, HL7 FHIR, IHE Query, and Identity Services, announced today it has achieved full re-accreditation from the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC) under the DT Privacy & Security, Registration Authority, and Certification Authority programs. In addition, EMR Direct achieved accreditation under EHNAC's new Trusted Network-Qualified Health Information Network (QHIN) program, for organizations who wish to be acknowledged by the Recognized Coordinating Entity (RCE) as a QHIN.
EMR Direct's platform makes it easy for developers to add Direct Messaging, HL7 FHIR, or IHE query-based exchange services into their products, enabling more effective use of health information across the care continuum, while meeting industry requirements for privacy and security, and without special effort by customers or pairwise legal agreements. "Re-accreditation of our HISP, CA, RA, and new Express Lane Trusted Exchange services signals to our customers that we continue to maintain the high bar of privacy and security that brings confidence to exchange through our systems, which we offer at an affordable price to enable broad interoperability. The ability to secure healthcare transactions at scale and improve care delivery is at the core of our mission," said Julie Maas, CEO of EMR Direct.
Through EHNAC's comprehensive third-party review, EMR Direct's practices were evaluated and found to be fully in compliance with HIPAA regulations, industry standards, and the requirements of Certification Authorities, Registration Authorities, and Qualified Health Information Network service providers. EHNAC's comprehensive independent review evaluated privacy, security and confidentiality; technical performance; business practices; and organizational resources as relates to Direct Messaging and QHIN participation. In addition, EHNAC reviewed EMR Direct's processes of managing and transferring Protected Health Information and determined that the organization meets or exceeds all EHNAC criteria and industry standards.
The Trusted Network Accreditation Program (TNAP) leverages existing industry-wide identity verification, authentication, and privacy/security frameworks, directly aligns with the development of the 21st Century Cures Act including the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA), and promotes interoperability, assuring the security and privacy of trusted networks, and the use of enabling technologies in the healthcare ecosystem.
"As regulatory concerns continue to be front and center on the minds of healthcare leadership, a company's decision to take the necessary steps to ensure trust within its stakeholders and customers that they're adhering to the latest standards in privacy, security and confidentiality is an important accomplishment in today's healthcare ecosystem. TNAP-QHIN accreditation provides an additional level of confidence for QHINs and other organizations that are under competitive pressures to continually ensure compliance with regulatory requirements, business metrics and best practices," said Lee Barrett, executive director and CEO of EHNAC. "Attaining TNAP-QHIN accreditation sets EMR Direct apart as an early adopter willing to put forth effort to demonstrate compliance with currently proposed regulations. We commend EMR Direct on attaining this important accreditation."
EMR Direct first received EHNAC accreditation in 2014 when EHNAC's Direct-related programs were initially launched. The company is also an accredited DirectTrust HISP. Today, the Accredited DirectTrust Network reaches over 2.2 million healthcare endpoints across the nation, and continues to grow.
About EMR Direct
EMR Direct is headquartered in San Diego, California, and provides Direct Messaging, HL7 FHIR, IHE Query, and Identity Services; integration APIs; and the supporting public key infrastructure required for secure health information exchange. The Interoperability Engine platform is ONC 2015 Edition Certified and integrates seamlessly into other applications without requiring expensive, one-off, peer-to-peer interfaces. EMR Direct is committed to protecting patient privacy and data security, improving the quality and coordination of care, increasing productivity, and reducing costs. EMR Direct additionally sponsors the development of the Unified Data Access Profiles (UDAP), as part of our mission to help bring security at scale to health information exchange.
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