EHNAC Responds Critically to ONC RFI
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By Patrick Oullette
The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC) thinks the government needs to get more aggressive in advancing health information exchange (HIE) progress.
EHNAC issued its response to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology’s (ONC) Request for Information (RFI) on governance of the Nationwide Health Information Network (NwHIN) from May 15. Above all else, it maintains that the government needs to step up its endeavors in accelerating the availability and use of HIE. EHNAC is a non-profit standards development organization and, according to marketwatch.com, says that HIE “must achieve a correct balance between guidance and flexibility, constraints and enablement – regulation may not be the appropriate framework to achieve such governance.”
- Makes explicit which electronic exchange methodology and framework within the nationwide health information network is under consideration as being the subject of any “condition of trusted exchange,” and specifies that an objective third party national certification/accreditation organization(s) be designated to provide this level of review.
- Assists with industry development of specifications, procedures, and the security and privacy framework necessary to assure that the exchange networks meet the standards and provide for interoperability between entities.
- Recognizes two classes of recognition and oversight, namely certification and accreditation including auditing and makes clear the roles, functions, and responsibilities for which kinds of products, organizations, and other entities require either certification or accreditation.