EHNAC accredits first two organizations for Data Registry Accreditation Program (DRAP)

The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC), a non-profit, federally recognized standards development organization and accrediting body for organizations that electronically exchange healthcare data, announced today that two organizations – Alpha II and FIGmd – have completed the accreditation process for its Data Registry Accreditation Program (DRAP)

In response to the privacy and security challenges of healthcare data submission of this kind, the comprehensive third-party review provides an additional level of confidence for organizations that are under industry competitive pressures to demonstrate the rigor and structure of the registry database as envisioned and supported by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The program is designed for data registries that provide these services to their stakeholders which can include health information exchanges (HIEs), regional extension centers (RECs) as well as other healthcare providers, healthcare payers, CMS and other government and state entities.

“We’re confident that the need for registries by institutional and professional providers, specialists and their trade associations, healthcare payers, federal and state governments will explode in the years ahead,” said Lee Barrett, executive director of EHNAC. “To coincide with that, it is imperative to determine that the registries that are being chosen to use have the necessary protections in place to handle the many privacy and security challenges that they will face. When it comes to health data privacy and security, the risks are much too high to assume that everything is up to par – it is much better to ensure it is on the frontend by using an accredited entity that has been reviewed by a third-party.”

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