TNAP Announces Finalized Criteria for Inaugural Accreditation Program

Accreditation to ensure health exchange organization adherence to
security, privacy, regulatory compliance and rights management

FARMINGTON, Conn. – Oct. 1, 2019 – The Trusted Network Accreditation Program (TNAP) healthcare collaborative today announced the release of final criteria, TNAP v1.0, for its accreditation program. The criteria, finalized after a 60-day public comment period and beta testing process, and developed leveraging a multi-stakeholder, consensus-based process, will assess an health exchange organization’s ability to demonstrate alignment with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology’s (ONC’s) Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA) requirements. The accreditation program will also assess compliance with federal privacy and security requirements along with a review of technical performance, business processes and resource management. The program will be administrated by the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC), a non-profit standards development organization and accrediting body for organizations that electronically exchange healthcare data.

“TNAP will provide critically needed third-party accreditation to assist healthcare exchange entities such as qualified health information networks (QHINs), health information networks, health information exchanges, accountable care organizations, data registries and others better protect patient information,” stated Lee Barrett, EHNAC Executive Director and CEO.

Organizations applying for TNAP accreditation can select one of two programs: TNAP-QHIN accreditation or TNAP-Participant/Participant Member accreditation. TNAP-QHIN accreditation is tailored towards healthcare entities who desire to be identified by the Recognized Coordinating Entity (RCE) as a QHIN. TNAP-Participant/Participant Member accreditation is for those organizations who desire to be recognized as a Participant or as a Participant Member in the ONC Trusted Exchange Framework.

“The opinions, comments and recommendations provided by the six beta candidates (EMR Direct, eP3 Foundation, IdentTrust, iShare Medical, Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services and SecureHIT) were invaluable in shaping this new accreditation program,” stated Barrett. “As initial testing sites for the accreditation criteria, the participating beta organizations developed real-world, specific use cases and evaluated the necessity, appropriateness and workability of the program’s criteria ahead of the official launch of TNAP v1.0,” added Barrett.

Healthcare industry stakeholders are encouraged to visit the TNAP website to download and review the TNAP criteria in full detail. Applicant candidates commencing the accreditation process will be required to adhere to TNAP v.1.0.

About TNAP
The Trusted Network Accreditation Program was developed to directly align with the development of the 21st Century Cures Act and the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement. TNAP seeks to promote interoperability by assuring the security and privacy of trusted networks and the use of enabling technologies in the healthcare ecosystem. The program provides third-party review with accreditation for Trusted Exchange participants, addressing existing security and privacy compliance mandates, and rights management, as well as compliance with new TEFCA regulatory requirements. For more information, visit