5 industry groups form initiative to aid interoperability

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Five healthcare industry stakeholders have joined to establish a new Trusted Network Accreditation Program to boost health data interoperability.

The new organization plans to leverage existing industry-wide identify verification, authentication and privacy/security frameworks and best practices to push for the seamless exchange of health data.

The entities include the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission, Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange, Safe-BioPharma Association, eHealth Initiative and eP3 Foundation, which works to identify identity, privacy and confidentiality issues.

“The Trusted Network Accreditation Program enables new data paradigms, accredited by organizations already known and trusted, to solve and resolve the traditional roadblocks to interoperability and consumer empowerment, while at the same time addressing brand new regulatory requirements, such as GDPR,” says Marsail Hancock, CEO at the EP3 Foundation. “We applaud and welcome all organizations entrusted with protecting information to participate,” he adds.

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One initial goal is to provide third-party accreditation for healthcare stakeholders such as health information networks, health information exchanges, accountable care organizations, data registries, insurers, providers, vendors and other entities to focus on assuring identity verification and authentication of stakeholders, while supporting blockchain, GDRP, cloud and other enabling technologies.

“We invite the healthcare industry to join in working to establish this important new accreditation program that will continue the needed focus on interoperability, and assure a trusted environment where privacy and security requirements are maintained,” says Lee Barrett, executive director of the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission. “The formation of this industry collaboration leveraging many of the frameworks and best practices already deployed is an important first step in making this a reality.”
Participants will create a steering committee of as many as 15 stakeholders to oversee the initiative.

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