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Through the consultative review process, EHNAC evaluated OmniMD's electronic prescribing and fax-based prescribing transactions in the areas of confidentiality enforcement, level-of-service and escalation procedures, outcome-related metrics, security infrastructures and the ability to comply with industry-standard data formats.
“The growth of e-prescribing in recent years has reached a strong uptick not only due to meaningful use measures, but because of the industry's critical need for advancement of care and transitioning to electronic health records and processes,” says Lee Barrett, executive director of EHNAC. “Privacy, security and confidentiality continue to top the list of concerns for solution providers and their customers.
EHNAC's Barrett adds that institutions, especially smaller healthcare organizations, don't give a lot thought to their physical security like access to computer or server rooms, or if there are windows in those rooms.
In addition to WEDI and EHNAC, the PMSAP advisory committee that has been working on developing and refining the draft criteria of the program includes executive representatives from AdvancedMD, the American Association of Professional Coders (AAPC), GE Healthcare, Healthpac Computer Systems, the Healthcare Administrative Technology Association (HATA), the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA), Medinformatix, NextGen Healthcare and more, including other major national provider associations.
Officials have spoken with representatives of EHNAC, The Joint Commission, the National Committee for Quality Assurance and the Utilization Review Accreditation Commission.
Third-party accreditation programs like the one developed by EHNAC support the needs of HIEs by helping them stay abreast of federal legislative mandates in healthcare, respond to developing trends, increase stakeholder trust and reduce risk of a breach or incident.
Now, SSI is continuing the certification process with Claredi, which took over transaction verification services from EHNAC late last year.
Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC) www.ehnac.org Promotes administrative simplification and cost savings in the healthcare industry, and promotes standards, quality service, innovation, cooperation and open competition.
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