The Future of

DirectTrust and EHNAC

EHNAC will become part of DirectTrust on January 4, 2023 for broader opportunities for accreditation and technical trust

EHNAC is becoming part of DirectTrust

We’re excited to announce that EHNAC is joining the DirectTrust family as of January 4, 2023! Both non-profit organizations with similar missions, joining forces strengthens our commitment to facilitating trust and will allow us to broaden industry opportunities.

As long-time partners, we’re thrilled to be bringing our communities together as one.  Learn more about what the merger of EHNAC into DirectTrust means operationally by reading the FAQs below.  Join us for a Information Session on Friday December 9 at 12 pm Eastern/9 am Pacific to hear more about what this merger means for the healthcare industry by registering at bit.ly/DTEHNACinfo.

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DirectTrust and EHNAC are becoming one! Join us at this Information Session to learn more about why EHNAC is becoming part of DirectTrust.

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Frequently Asked Questions

GENERAL

Founded in 1995, the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC) is an independent, federally recognized, standards development organization and tax-exempt, 501(c)(6) non-profit accrediting body designed to improve transactional quality, operational efficiency and data security in healthcare.

EHNAC’s mission is to promote accreditation in the healthcare industry to achieve quality and trust in healthcare information exchange through adoption and implementation of standards.

DirectTrust and EHNAC have entered into an agreement for EHNAC to merge with and into DirectTrust. EHNAC will become part of DirectTrust as of January 4, 2023.

EHNAC and DirectTrust have had a longstanding relationship and the two together can create more opportunities for trust and assurance in the healthcare industry. The new combination will create the nation’s premier healthcare-focused non-profit compliance and risk-management partner.

Not at all, in fact, this further strengthens our commitment to trust and diversifies the way we pursue and facilitate that trust.

Both DirectTrust and EHNAC are 501(c)(6) non-profit organizations dedicated to facilitating trust and with an accreditation and standards component.

While EHNAC is primarily an organization focused on accreditation and certification, DirectTrust offers membership services, standards development, trust frameworks and related policy development, and identity-related expertise in addition to accreditation services.

ABOUT EHNAC

EHNAC doesn’t have member organizations, rather, they have Accredited Organizations.  For a full list of Accredited Organizations and their status, visit the EHNAC website here.

EHNAC accreditations and certifications will remain valid and renew under the same process as organizations are accustomed to. As we integrate EHNAC into DirectTrust, future accreditations and certifications will come from the EHNAC arm within the overall umbrella organization of DirectTrust.  See below for additional information.

While EHNAC is merging into DirectTrust, we plan for the EHNAC name and brand to continue to describe accreditation matters and as the ongoing name of the Commission. Similar to how Standards and Trust Services/Identity are specific bodies within DirectTrust, EHNAC will follow suit.

ABOUT EHNAC’s INCORPORATION INTO DIRECTTRUST

In general, DirectTrust members should expect the same membership benefits and experience they do today. We expect the subset of our members who also pursue and achieve accreditation to experience an improved and streamlined accreditation process with EHNAC joining DirectTrust.

Existing DirectTrust accreditations will continue to be valid and recognized.  As EHNAC’s core competency is accreditation, when DirectTrust organizations begin their accreditation renewal process, it will occur within the EHNAC umbrella within DirectTrust.

For those organizations who have an DirectTrust Accreditation expiring before March 31, 2024, we intend to complete the accreditations under the current DirectTrust Accreditation process. It’s our intention to transition all programs to the EHNAC model by mid-2024.

For organizations who have a DirectTrust Accreditation expiring after March 31, 2024 we intend to transition the accreditation process to the EHNAC arm within DirectTrust.  We will be in contact with the organizations impacted as appropriate.

Membership in DirectTrust will continue to remain separate from accreditation.  DirectTrust membership offers many benefits, and we encourage EHNAC Accredited Organizations who aren’t currently members to consider joining our membership community, but accreditation does not require DirectTrust membership.

New accreditation programs that have been under development in DirectTrust will get a jump-start from the EHNAC accreditation processes for launching Beta programs. In particular, programs focused on accrediting identity technologies and companies will be early targets.

We’re excited EHNAC’s staff members and assessors will be joining the DirectTrust team! Lee Barrett and Debra Hopkinson have been long standing pillars of the trust and accreditation communities within health IT and have announced their intentions to retire in a couple of years. In the meantime, they will continue to work for and consult with DirectTrust.

Currently the EHNAC Commission functions as the Board of EHNAC.  With EHNAC’s incorporation into DirectTrust, the DirectTrust Board of Directors members will continue their role as the Board/Directors, and the EHNAC Commission will be designated as Commissioners overseeing accreditation-specific matters.

TEFCA is predicated on stakeholder trust.  Both DirectTrust and EHNAC had existing strategies to support TEFCA coming to fruition, including respectively the issuance of digital certificates and the certification of QHINs to TEFCA policies. The combination of DirectTrust and EHNAC provides further opportunity to support trust and security in nationwide trust frameworks and networks.

FOR DIRECTTRUST ACCREDITED ORGANIZATIONS

DirectTrust will be adopting the EHNAC fee structure. We invite all DirectTrust Accredited Organizations to attend their specific Information Session for additional information including examples and timing.

Because of the value of independent HIPAA Privacy and Security accreditation/certification, it’s our current intent that this remains separate.

About Accreditation

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About EHNAC

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