Trusted Network Accreditation Program (TNAP) Releases Accreditation Criteria for Public Review
Industry feedback requested during the 60-day public review period through Sept. 19th
FARMINGTON, Conn. – July 18, 2019 – The Trusted Network Accreditation Program (TNAP) healthcare collaborative today announced a 60-day public comment and review period of the draft criteria for its accreditation program. Established in July 2018, the collaborative seeks to align this accreditation program with the 21st Century Cures Act as well as Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA) draft provisions recently released by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC).
“Dovetailing with the recent effortsby ONC to enable interoperability and demonstrate privacy and security of data exchange, TNAP was developed to address current federal security and privacy compliance mandates by leveraging existing frameworks and best practices (i.e., HIPAA, ARRA, HITECH, ACA, NIST and others) while supporting underlying enabling technologies,”said Lee Barrett, Executive Director and CEO of the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC), one of the organizations that facilitates the initiative. “We now invite healthcare stakeholders to offer commentary and feedback that will guide the collaborative as we finalize the criteria for this new accreditation program.”
TNAP will provide third-party accreditation for healthcare exchange entities such qualified health information networks (QHINs), health information exchanges, accountable care organizations, data registries, participants and others. The proposed criteria were developed to assess an organization’s ability to demonstrate alignment with the TEFCA requirements, comply with federal privacy and security requirements as well as review technical performance, business processes, and resource management.
“This comprehensive third-party review will offer an additional level of confidence to data exchange participants with its focus on regulatory requirements, business/operational metrics and best practices for organizations wishing to function as a QHIN or other exchange participant,” added Barrett. “In today’s complex healthcare ecosystem an organization will need to take the necessary steps to ensure stakeholder trust and assure customers that they’re adhering to the latest best practices and standards in privacy and security.”
During the 60-day public review period, all interested stakeholders are encouraged to provide TNAP with opinions, comments and suggestions to determine the necessity, appropriateness and workability of the proposed criteria. As ONC continues to evaluate comments and provides additional guidance and clarifications regarding TEFCA, the TNAP collaborative will continue to monitor these further developments and continue to enhance and revise TNAP as appropriate. The TNAP v.1.0 is scheduled to be available for final release later this year, pending review of the comments received from the public.
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 https://trustednetworkap.org/