What ensuring trust means to health information exchange

Safeguarding protected health information (PHI) from unauthorized use and disclosures is nothing new for HIPAA-covered entities. But with the rise in adoption of EHR systems and participation in health information challenge (HIE), protecting these sensitive data has assumed a new form and pointed to the need for ensuring that PHI is private and secure along the electronic continuum of care.

In this light, the partnership between the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC) and the Texas Health Services Authority (THSA) makes perfect sense. The joint venture will create a program that accredits organizations facilitating the electronic exchange of health information in the Lone Star State every two years. While the program involves a variety of technical standards and specifications, its main purpose is simpler than that — to establish trust.

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