Federal Agencies Accredited for Health Information Exchange

Directed health information exchange will be used to improve care coordination for millions of military veterans and Native Americans via technology accredited by DirectTrust and the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC).

Veterans Affairs and Indian Health Services receive accreditation for Directed health information exchange.

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Indian Health Services (IHS) have demonstrated compliance with “industry-established security controls and standards, identity proofing, HIPAA regulations and specifications of the Direct Project, which specifies how participants can send authenticated, encrypted health information to known, trusted recipients over the Internet,” according to an Oct. 15 statement issued by DirectTrust. Non-profit DirectTrust governs entities engaged in Directed exchange of electronic health information.

Specifically, VA and IHS gained EHNAC-DirectTrust official recognition under the Direct Trusted Agent Accreditation Program (DTAAP) for Health Information Service Providers (HISPs). VA and IHS are the first federal organizations to meet DTAAP requirements. EHNAC evaluated the agencies’ HISP in the areas of privacy, security and confidentiality; technical performance; business practices; and organizational resources related to Directed exchange participants. The review determined that VA and IHS met or exceeded all EHNAC criteria and industry standards.

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