NextGen Healthcare Information Systems and GE Healthcare are the first vendors to receive accreditation of meeting best practices for operating their physician practice management information system product lines under a program of the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission.

EHNAC is an industry-sponsored organization that certifies entities that process transactions or exchange health information for meeting specific business best practices.

The organization does not accredit specific information systems, but the ability of vendors to comply with a suite of criteria that covers business operations, financial processes and resources, technical performance, compliance with HIPAA privacy/security/transactions rules and CORE operating rules, and readiness to support ICD-10. The organization has offered a wide range of accreditation programs covering various types of health IT during the past 20 years.

EHNAC launched development of the practice management accreditation program in 2014 in partnership with the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange and with input from a variety of stakeholders. GE Healthcare and NextGen were the beta sites.

Applications now are available for other practice management vendors to go through the accreditation program, with final criteria expected to be released on Feb. 10. Accreditation is a long process so there won’t be any problems with applications being received before criteria is finalized, according to an EHNAC spokesperson.

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