How EHNAC delivers top value and security for healthcare data hosting

Posted by Annie Eissler on September 18, 2018

If you work with healthcare data, you know how important data security is when you're managing and exchanging protected health information. That's why organizations like yours are either seeking accreditation or seeking to work with data centers who are accredited with the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC).

In this post, we'll review what EHNAC is, and why it's crucial to use an EHNAC accredited facility to host your organization's data.

So, what is EHNAC?

The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC) is an independent non-profit that evaluates and recognizes organizations who handle healthcare data electronically. It works to ensure the quality and compliance of healthcare data systems and the companies that manage them.

EHNAC recognition isn't easy - take a look at the process requirements

In order to achieve accreditation, companies have to:

  • Submit an application and self-assessment
  • Complete a multi-phased, strict evaluation including onsite visits
  • Demonstrate that your company complies with the requirements of the specific EHNAC accreditation program that applies to you
  • Achieve a minimum score
  • Pay the fees

EHNAC has over 11 accreditation programs (such as Financial Services and Cloud-Enabled Services) that are designed to ensure the privacy and security of your Protected Health Information (PHI). This means when you work with an EHNAC-accredited organization, you know they comply with all HIPAA requirements.

Are you audit-ready? EHNAC accredited organizations are

An EHNAC accreditation not only helps your organization adhere to HIPAA requirements - it also helps you align with the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) HIPAA audit policies. All accredited organizations are better prepared for audits because they have documentation for policies and procedures on-hand to respond to OCR inquiries. Check out following sources for additional information:

OCR Launches Phase 2 of HIPAA Audit Program

Using Independent Accreditation Bodies for OCR Security Audits

EHNAC-accredited organizations are prepared for security threats

Cybersecurity compromise is a very real threat in healthcare with reported attacks more than doubling in the last 5 years. EHNAC and other organizations have created strict guidelines and comprehensive risk mitigation strategies for HIPAA breaches to safeguard PHI and other sensitive information.

EHNAC helps accredited organizations protect themselves in the following areas:

  • Security and privacy liability
  • Privacy regulatory defense
  • Privacy breaches
  • Network asset protection
  • Cyber extortion
  • Cyberterrorism

It also aligns with the US Department of Homeland Security's values and continued efforts for engaged executive leadership, cyber risk education and awareness, technology investments, and relevant information sharing.

ByteGrid satisfies the highest standards of data privacy, security, and integrity by staying EHNAC compliant

ByteGrid is a leading provider of HIPAA compliant data hosting solutions and has been accredited by EHNAC since 2014.

Our accreditation illustrates our commitment to exceed industry-established standards and comply with HIPAA regulations for data privacy and confidentiality measures, level-of-service and escalation procedures, transaction response times, and systems availability.