Recently, the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC) announced that they would be partnering with the Texas Health Services Authority (THSA) to develop a state accreditation program for both public and private HIEs in Texas.

In 2011, the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission announced the implementation of the Outsourced Services Accreditation Program for Health Information Exchange Services (OSAP-HIE).

The OSAP-HIE assesses companies that provide health information exchange technology. It determines whether or not the vendor meets standards of quality in order to properly handle protected health information.  The vendor must also take the necessary precautions regarding security regulations and possess adequate resource management and technical processes.

The OSAP-HIE is designed to guarantee:

  • Quality: Through an evaluation, healthcare providers within the program can determine new ways to improve efficiency, patient/provider relationships and quality of service.
  • Security: Secures the movement of electronic health data between different systems while maintaining the legitimacy of the information being transferred.
  • Current Data: OSAP-HIE helps vendors stay on top of current marketplace trends in order to appeal to their clients and grow their businesses.

The EHNAC and THSA want to ensure that the accredited HIEs of Texas don’t conflict with state programs nor exceed the boundaries of the federal programs. Over the course of the next few months, the THSA will work with EHNAC to develop a program based on criteria in the OSAP-HIE that works with the current state requirements in Texas.

Author: Lauren Daniels