EHNAC’s History of Accreditation
The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC) grew out of the 1993 Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI), sponsored by the Network Architecture and Accreditation Technical Advisory Group. The healthcare transactions industry agreed there was a need for a self-governing body to develop standards for the industry, and the Association for Electronic Health Care Transactions (AFEHCT) championed the cause by sponsoring an Accreditation Workgroup.
More than thirty representatives from all facets of the healthcare transactions industry participated in a series of meetings and surveys to develop the first industry standards for data transmission, data security, advertising and resource capability. Funded by a loan from AFEHCT, the independent, self-governing EHNAC was born and began accrediting electronic health networks in 1995. Learn more about EHNAC’s leadership.
In 2023, EHNAC merged with and into DirectTrust, the non-profit, vendor-neutral alliance dedicated to instilling trust in the exchange of health data. EHNAC now serves as the accreditation and certification body for the organization.