Healthcare Access San Antonio (HASA), the health information exchange (HIE) that serves providers in 22 counties in south-central Texas, has become the first HIE in the state and the fourth in the country to receive full accreditation from the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission.
HASA also received accreditation from the Texas Health Services Authority (THSA), which operates HIETexas. Texas HIE Accreditation ensures HIEs within Texas are interoperable with state and federal programs, and provide the private, secure and proper exchange of health information in accordance with established laws and public policy.
“HASA opted to be among the first in the nation to apply for accreditation because total adoption of any health information exchange can happen only when patients are confident that their health data is uncompromisingly secure,” Gijs van Oort, executive director for HASA, said in a statement.
Tony Gilman, CEO of the Texas Health Services Authority added, "Increasing confidence and trust in organizations involved in exchanging and maintaining electronic health information will not only foster greater participation in HIEs, but also support sustainability of HIE efforts in Texas and across the United States."