Accreditation Incentives Highlight Healthcare Interoperability Exigency

Application developers will be given an extra boost in scoring accreditation in the Trusted Dynamic Registration and Authorization Accreditation Program (TDRAAP) with incentives from two organizations looking to bolster interoperability for electronic healthcare transactions. The Council of Affordable Quality Healthcare and the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission have united in an effort to reinforce developers engaged in the accessibility focused CAQH Endpoint Directory. The endpoints environment will flourish by meeting greater transparency and trust standards with this impetus.

The TDRAAP is designated to assist developers and healthcare organizations in the practice of digital certificate operation. Users can demonstrate compliance with standards in leveraging trusted certificates for endpoint identity, registration, and authentication. Being accredited through TDRAAP is a surefire confidence boost for information sharing security -- the program verifies a given application’s technical and surveillance specifications to ensure credible and safe patient data exchange.

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The distinction of two variants in the program indicate CAQH and EHNAC’s understanding of a need for flexibility. TRAAP-Basic is for single-instance patient data use as facilitated by consumer-driven application developers working with individual sign-on privileges. Conversely, TDRAAP-Comprehensive exists in the interest of organizations vying for HIPPA and Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act compliance, along with corroboration of any (Unified Data Access Profiles) workflows that are implemented.

Lee Barrett, Chief Executive Officer of EHNAC, said, "The ability to efficiently register and authenticate endpoints is a core component of healthcare interoperability. This joint initiative by EHNAC and CAQH will ultimately result in consumers having greater access to their healthcare data and the goals of the CMS final rule being met."

To incentivize this accreditation, CAQH and EHNAC are doling out discounts for developers partaking in the CAQH Endpoint Directory. With over 300,000 combinations for plan and application interfaces to wade through, the directory is critical to endpoint discovery and validation achievement for developers. The indexing tool lists fast healthcare interoperability resource (FHIR) endpoints to help chart a more straightforward path to interoperability rule compliance.

IT service providers would be wise to jump on the bandwagon and possibly enlist developers with CAQH Endpoint Directory experience and/or TDRAAP accreditation. With the healthcare sector continually firming up its modernized, high standards for interoperability of data sharing, organizations will need the additional guidance and will not hesitate to undertake the uphill climb with expert assistance.