The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC), Farmington, Conn., a non-profit standards development organization, and the Texas Health Services Authority (THSA), Austin, have announced the posting of TX-HIE accreditation program criteria for public review. The accreditation program is being designed to improve health information exchange (HIE) privacy, security, and interoperability and to provide a mechanism to establish trust in health information exchange for all Texans. The criteria are posted at https://www.ehnac.org/

The 60-day criteria review period will end May 23, and is open to feedback in the form of opinions, comments and suggestions from all interested parties on the necessity, appropriateness and workability of the criteria proposed for adoption.

The program will certify qualified HIE applicants within the State of Texas to ensure they are operating under accepted and uniform standards in the handling of protected health information. In partnership, EHNAC and THSA will review technical performance, business processes, resource management and other relevant information to ensure that accredited HIEs within Texas are interoperable with state and federal programs, and provide the private, secure and proper exchange of health information in accordance with established laws and public policy.

Once the state-wide HIE accreditation program is established following the 60-day public comment period, executives from EHNAC and THSA will participate in a public webinar in which staff will describe the program and key criteria to all stakeholders. The program’s formal launch is expected in June.

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