EHNAC Executive Director to Present at Upcoming TAWPI Educational Sessions

Lee Barrett to Host Panels Covering the State-level Perspectives of HITECH Act; Privacy and Security in Healthcare

FARMINGTON, Conn. – July 20, 2009 – The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC), a non-profit standards development organization and accrediting body, today announced that Executive Director Lee Barrett will host and present at two educational sessions at upcoming TAWPI (The Association for Work Process Improvement) conferences.

“These are uncertain times for our nation’s healthcare leaders, with dozens of questions that remain unanswered,” said Barrett. “EHNAC is proud to present at the upcoming TAWPI educational sessions to further the discussion and provide solutions to some of the recurring privacy and security challenges as we move forward under ARRA (American Recovery and Reinvestment) and HITECH (Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health) legislation.”
Details of both sessions are listed below:
Event details: TAWPI Annual Forum and Expo
August 2-5, Washington, D.C. Convention Center
Session title: State Perspective on ARRA and the HITECH Act including HIPAA Privacy/Security
Summary: Barrett and a panel of state regulators who are involved with various state-level HIT initiatives will provide an important perspective on the proactive roles they are taking with ARRA and the HITECH Act and the
importance of third-party accreditation to assist with emerging oversight and compliance challenges.
Partial list of participants:
Kathleen Francis, MBA, Division Chief – Center for Health Information
Technology, Maryland Health Care Commission
William O’Byrne Esq., State Coordinator, Health Information
Technology, New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance
Edward Shay, Esq, Partner – Post & Schell Law Attorneys
Event details: TAWPI Healthcare Payments Automation Summit
September 13-15, Chicago Westin
Session title: Healthcare Privacy and Security
Summary: A panel of healthcare and banking experts will discuss the importance of implementing and maintaining strong controls related to the privacy and security of healthcare information. This discussion will include HIPAA regulations plus the extended requirements in ARRA.
Partial list of participants:
M. Peter Adler, Esq., Pepper Hamilton, LLP
Alberto Casas, Executive Director, JP Morgan Chase
Vince Marzula, Vice President, Health Solutions – eCommerce Product
Manager, PNC Bank
Recommended attendees for both sessions include executives and managers within the finance, IT and operations departments of banks, lockboxes, clearinghouses, electronic healthcare networks, third-party processors and healthcare organizations.

About TAWPI
TAWPI is a membership association that facilitates the peer-to-peer exchange of actionable information, ideas and best practices on the converging technologies and processes that enable payments automation and document management. The TAWPI 2009 Forum and Expo is a highly interactive, multi-dimensional event featuring ideas, information and advice on payments, automation, distributed capture and document & forms automation. For more information on TAWPI 2009 Forum & Expo visit http://www.tawpi.org/forumexpo.html.

About EHNAC
The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC) is a voluntary, self-governing standards development organization (SDO) established to develop standard criteria and accredit organizations that electronically exchange healthcare data. These entities include electronic health networks, payers, financial services firms and e-prescribing solution providers. EHNAC was founded in 1993 and is a tax-exempt 501(c)(6) nonprofit organization. Guided by peer evaluation, the EHNAC accreditation process promotes quality service, innovation, cooperation and open competition in healthcare. To learn more, visit www.ehnac.org or contact info@ehnac.org.