DirectTrust and EHNAC Announce Merger Agreement

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What You Should Know:

– DirectTrust and the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC) today announced an agreement to merge EHNAC with and into DirectTrust, effective January 4, 2023. 

– DirectTrust is a non-profit healthcare industry alliance created to support secure, identity-verified electronic exchanges of protected health information. EHNAC is a non-profit standards development organization and accrediting body for organizations that electronically exchange healthcare data.

Post-Acquisition Plans

With EHNAC’s incorporation into DirectTrust, DirectTrust anticipates bringing to fruition new accreditation programs, with a program focused on Credential Service Providers related to consumer access and use of health data as an early target. EHNAC’s senior leaders, Executive Director and CEO Lee Barrett and COO Debra Hopkinson are long-standing pillars of the health IT trust and accreditation communities and will continue to work for and consult with DirectTrust. EHNAC staff members and assessors will also join DirectTrust. The EHNAC Commission will remain intact and be designated as Commissioners overseeing accreditation-specific matters. The DirectTrust Board of Directors will continue as is.