Trusted Network Accreditation Program Names Six Beta Testers

Aug. 22, 2019
Under TEFCA, TNAP will provide third-party accreditation for healthcare exchange entities such as qualified health information networks (QHINs)

The Trusted Network Accreditation Program (TNAP) has named six healthcare organizations to serve as beta candidates and initial testing sites for its draft accreditation program. TNAP will provide third-party accreditation for healthcare exchange entities such as qualified health information networks (QHINs), participants, health information exchanges, accountable care organizations, data registries, participant members and other stakeholders.

The TNAP collaborative was established to align with the 21st Century Cures Act and the development of the Trusted Exchange Framework with Common Agreement (TEFCA). The participating beta organizations have developed specific use cases and are providing feedback to the program, through Sept. 1, ahead of the official launch of TNAP Version 1.0 later this year.

The participating beta organizations that have developed specific use cases include:

• EMR Direct, a developer of software for secure health information exchange and provider of Direct Messaging, HL7 FHIR, IHE Query and Identity Services, will focus on delivering APIs that provide QHIN participants with simplified access to TEFCA interoperable exchange, designed for rapid integration into existing customer platforms.

• eP3 Foundation, a nonprofit privacy organization, is developing a broad-based technical infrastructure, focusing their use case on consent tracking between guardians and foster children.

• IdenTrust, part of HID Global, is a provider of digital certificates that establish the basis for trusted identity solutions recognized by financial institutions, healthcare providers, government agencies and enterprises around the world. Their use case is focusing on the emphasized identity and authentication portions of future data exchange.

• iShare Medical will provide QHIN participants the ability to securely share health information among trusted identity managed endpoints regardless of care setting, provider or EHR system. iShare Medical’s use case focuses on HIPAA-compliant registration for notification and sharing of medical records.

• Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services (MiHIN)’s use case is focused on testing the admission, discharge and transfer information to enhance coordinated clinical care.

• Secure Health Information Technology Corp., a Puerto Rico-based Health Information Service Provider (HISP), is facilitating the communication of lab results between the hurricane-ravaged satellite island and the mainland.

 “The Trusted Network Accreditation Program will be driven heavily by our beta organizations who are eager to establish the means for an independent third-party review and assessment,” said Lee Barrett, executive director and CEO of the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC), one of the organizations involved in facilitating the initiative, in a statement.

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