The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission has introduced a new program for accrediting vendors of health information exchange services. The initiative complement's industry sponsored EHNAC's launch in 2010 of an accreditation program for health information exchanges.

The new HIE services program will accredit vendors that provide clinical health information exchange technology to HIEs and meet certain performance benchmarks in such areas as privacy and security, technical performance, business practices and organizational resources.

EHAC expects to start beta testing of the new accreditation program this fall and launch it in January. Interested companies should review draft criteria of the program and contact the organization at The draft criteria also are open to public comment from Sept. 26 through Nov. 26.

EHNAC, based in Farmington, Conn., also accredits a range of other health care transactions processors including claims clearinghouses, value-added networks, financial networks and management service organizations, among others.


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