The DirectTrust community has entered into a collaborative agreement with non-profit EHNAC (The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission) to develop and offer an Accreditation Program for Trusted Agents, which include Health Internet Service Providers, HISPs, Certificate Authorities, CAs, and Registration Authorities, RAs. Our Accreditation Program is flexible and recognizes the diversity of combinations of these agents that exist in the market place. For example, some EHR vendors are implementing Direct, and in effect playing all three of these roles for their own customers; while other EHRs and PHRs are pairing up with full service HISPs and CAs in order to take advantage of the special expertise in PKI management these have.
Successful accreditation will lead to the recognition of those companies via both the DirectTrust and EHNAC websites, and inclusion of their anchor certificates in the soon-to-be announced Trusted Anchor Bundle Distribution Program from DirectTrust.
As of February 4, 2013, the Direct Trusted Agent Accreditation Program, DTAAP, is accepting candidates' applications from entities acting as HISPs, CAs, and RAs. To apply, please follow this link to EHNAC and fill out the pre-application form.
Stay tuned for further information and guidance about how to prepare for accreditation and be eligible for inclusion in the Trusted Anchor Bundle Distribution Program that will unify a single, national trust community for Directed exchange.
Also, see this Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page for additional help.