EHNAC-hosted Industry Panel Examines Meaningful Use Stage 2 and Health Information Exchange


FARMINGTON, Conn. – December 2, 2013 – The proliferation of health information exchanges (HIE) and health information organizations (HIO) over the past few years has enabled the regional and community stakeholder exchange of healthcare data for both clinical and administrative transactions. Through these collaborations, healthcare data can now be easily accessed by computer networks, laptops and mobile devices including tablets and smart phones; but with this brings heightened concerns of the security of protected health information, as well as questions on the impact Meaningful Use Stage 2 requirements of interoperability and trust on HIE and HIO sustainability.

WHAT:  Lee Barrett, Executive Director of the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC), will host a panel discussion of HIE, HIO and Direct* protocol experts to examine these and other crucial questions that will have a far-reaching impact on the industry:

“A Closer Look at HIE/HIO and the Direct Protocol: Exploring the Connection to Meaningful Use Stage 2 Implementation and Information Exchange”


  • Catherine Costello JD, project manager REC services, Ohio Health Information Partnership
  • Jennifer Covich Bordenick, president/CEO, eHealth Initiative
  • David C. Kibbe MD, MBA, president/CEO, DirectTrust
  • Mariann Yeager, executive director, Healtheway
  • Andrew Van Zee, director of healthcare strategies and technology, Indiana Family and Social Services Administration
  • Lee Stevens, Director of State HIE Policy, ONC

WHEN:  Wednesday, December 18, 2013 from 1:00-2:30 p.m. EST

WHERE:  Interested attendees may register for the online webinar here.

WHY:  During this webinar, industry panelists will provide an understanding of the value and implications of HIE/HIO sustainability and the role of the Direct standard protocol, as well as:

  • Explore how organizations can assure interoperability and scalable trust;
  • Explain the significant differences between EHR technology software certification and security/trust accreditation for Health Information Service Providers, Certificate Authorities and Registration Authorities who partner with EHRs;
  • Provide best practice examples of how to facilitate security, interoperability and trust among HIE, HIO and Direct exchange participants, fostering public confidence, and promoting the adoption and success of standards-based exchange;
  • Describe ways to reduce PHI exposure risks through the demonstration of comprehensive risk management programs; and
  • Outline how to prepare an organization for implementation of secure communications in support of Meaningful Use requirements by the ONC.**


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 health care data. These entities include e-prescribing and EPCS solution providers, electronic health networks, financial services firms, health information exchanges, health information service providers, medical billers, third-party administrators, management service organizations, outsourced service providers, payers and vendors.

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, contact, or follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.


*Through the specifications and protocols of the Direct Project, Health Information Service Providers, Certificate Authorities and Registration Authorities are working together to enable healthcare providers to implement secure health information exchange and comply with Meaningful Use Stage 2 requirements.

**In March 2013, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) announced DirectTrust as an awardee of the exemplar federal cooperative agreement grant which endorses the collaboratively developed EHNAC-DirectTrust “Direct Trusted Agent Accreditation Program” (DTAAP) for the promulgation of industry security and identity compliance with these rules.