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Integrated Care Collaboration Achieves DirectTrust.org/EHNAC Accreditation

Posted on 21 October, 2014

AUSTIN, Texas – August 29, 2014 – Integrated Care Collaboration (ICC), the state designated, regional HIE for Central Texas, announced today it has achieved full accreditation with the Direct Trusted Agent Accreditation Program (DTAAP) for HISP from DirectTrust.org and the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC). Direct Trusted Agent accreditation recognizes excellence in health data processing and transactions, and ensures compliance with industry-established standards, HIPAA regulations and the Direct Project.

Through the consultative review process, EHNAC evaluated the ICC in areas of privacy, security and confidentiality; technical performance; business practices and organizational resources as it relates to Directed exchange participants. In addition, EHNAC reviewed the organization’s process of managing and transferring protected health information and determined that the organization meets or exceeds all EHNAC criteria and industry standards. Through completion of the rigorous accreditation process, the organization demonstrates to its constituents, adherence to strict standards and participation in the comprehensive, objective evaluation of its business.

“Endorsed by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), the Direct Trusted Agent Accreditation Program ensures that organizations like the ICC establish and uphold a superior level of trust for their stakeholders,” says Lee Barrett, executive director of EHNAC. “The need in the marketplace for guidance and accountability in health information exchange is undeniable, and we applaud the ICC’s commitment to the highest standards in privacy, security and confidentiality.”

The ICC is one of the longest active HIEs in Texas and was selected to be one of only six vendors validated by the Texas Health Services Authority (THSA) to provide Direct services to portions of rural Texas that have no regional HIE coverage.

“Achieving the DTAAP-HISP accreditation through EHNAC is an important step in our goal to provide a secure, compliant and affordable Direct solution to healthcare providers.” said Tony Nelson, Information Security Officer for the ICC.

About Organization
The ICC is a nonprofit alliance of health care providers in Central Texas dedicated to the collection, analysis and sharing of health information with the goal of improving health care quality and cost efficiency across the continuum of care.

About DirectTrust.org
DirectTrust.org is a non-profit, competitively neutral, self-regulatory entity created by and for participants in the Direct community, including HISPs, CAs and RAs, doctors, patients, and vendors, and supports both provider-to-provider as well as patient-to-provider Direct exchange. The goal of DirectTrust.org is to develop, promote and, as necessary, help enforce the rules and best practices necessary to maintain security and trust within the Direct community, consistent with the HITECH Act and the governance rules for the NwHIN established by ONC.

DirectTrust.org is committed to fostering widespread public confidence in the Direct exchange of health information. To learn more, visit www.directtrust.org.

About EHNAC
The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC) is a voluntary, self-governing standards development organization (SDO) established to develop standard criteria and accredit organizations that electronically exchange healthcare data. These entities include electronic health networks, payers, financial services firms, health information exchanges, medical billers, outsourced services, e-prescribing solution providers and direct trusted agents.

EHNAC was founded in 1993 and is a tax-exempt 501(c)(6) nonprofit organization. Guided by peer evaluation, the EHNAC accreditation process promotes quality service, innovation, cooperation and open competition in healthcare. To learn more, visit www.ehnac.org or contact info@ehnac.org. Connect with EHNAC on Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn and Facebook.

Press contact information:
Edie L Morris, Interim COO and CFO
8627 N Mopac Expressway, Suite #300 • Austin, Texas 78759
Tel: (512) 804-2090 ext. 10107, Fax: (512) 804-2096
E-mail: emorris@icc-centex.org.org Web: www.icc-centex.org