The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission, which offers 18 programs to accredit healthcare software vendors for meeting best business and security practices, has finalized its criteria for 2017.

Three of the changes are impactful, says Lee Barrett, executive director at EHNAC. The most meaningful change is aligning the program with the HHS Office for Civil Rights HIPAA audit protocols. Any organization with EHNAC accreditation will be in a better position if it is audited because the organization already will have documentation of policies and procedures to quickly respond to OCR inquiries. In 2016, four organizations that are members of EHNAC were audited by OCR and did very well, he adds.

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