SCHIEx Receives ENHAC and Direct Trust Accreditation

June 1, 2018



SCHIEx Achieves Direct Trusted Agent Accreditation Program from

EHNAC and DirectTrust


Direct Trusted Agent accreditation ensures adherence to data processing standards and compliance with security infrastructure, integrity and trusted identity requirements

Columbia, SC –June, 2018 – SCHIEx, South Carolina’s statewide health information exchange, announced today it has achieved full accreditation with the Direct Trusted Agent Accreditation Program (DTAAP) from DirectTrust and the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC). Direct Trusted Agent accreditation recognizes excellence in health data processing and transactions, and ensures compliance with industry-established standards, HIPAA regulations and the Direct Project.

Through EHNAC’s comprehensive third-party review, SCHIEx was evaluated in areas of privacy, security and confidentiality; technical performance; business practices and organizational resources as it relates to Directed exchange participants. In addition, EHNAC reviewed the organization’s process of managing and transferring protected health information and determined that the organization meets or exceeds all EHNAC criteria and industry standards.

“EHNAC and DirectTrust recognize the unique business and technical requirements of this niche and have developed three distinct accreditation programs that ensure a secure and unyielding trust framework for all health care stakeholders,” said EHNAC Executive Director Lee Barrett. “With the undeniable need in the healthcare marketplace for guidance and accountability on the secure and interoperable exchange of PHI, we congratulate SCIHEx who has established and upheld a superior level of trust for their stakeholders by achieving the highest standards in privacy, security and confidentiality.”

“SCHIEx is extremely excited to have achieved this accreditation. This not only provides yet another evidence of our security and the pains we take to protect the privacy of PHI, but it also sets us apart in the field of health information exchange” said Wyman Bowers, CEO of SCHIEx.  “This will enable us to expand our reach and offer additional services to healthcare providers, both small and large, throughout South Carolina.”

About SCHIEx

SCHIEx is an innovative statewide information highway that allows participating health care providers to view a patient’s medical history, including medications, diagnoses and procedures. It is not a data warehouse, but a secure network, where providers use certified technology to share the information they need for better outcomes.


About DirectTrust

DirectTrust is a three-year old, non-profit, competitively neutral, self-regulatory entity created by and for participants in the Direct community, including Health Internet Service Providers (HISPs), Certificate Authorities (CAs), and Registration Authorities (RAs), doctors, patients and vendors, and supports both provider-to-provider as well as patient-to-provider Direct exchange. DirectTrust recently received a Cooperative Agreement Award from ONC as part of the Exemplar HIE Governance Program. DirectTrust serves as a forum and governance body for persons and entities engaged in Directed exchange of electronic health information as part of the Nationwide Health Information Network (NwHIN). DirectTrust’s Security and Trust Framework is the basis for the voluntary accreditation of service providers implementing Directed health information exchange. The goal of is to develop, promote and, as necessary, help enforce the rules and best practices necessary to maintain security and trust within the Direct community, consistent with the HITECH Act and the governance rules for the NwHIN established by ONC, is committed to fostering widespread public confidence in the Direct exchange of health information. To learn more, visit



The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC) is a voluntary, self-governing standards development organization (SDO) established to develop standard criteria and accredit organizations that electronically exchange healthcare data. These entities include accountable care organizations, data registries, electronic health networks, EPCS vendors, e-prescribing solution providers, financial services firms, health information exchanges, health information service providers, management service organizations, medical billers, outsourced service providers, payers, practice management system vendors and third-party administrators. The Commission is an authorized HITRUST CSF Assessor, making it the only organization with the ability to provide both EHNAC accreditation and HITRUST CSF certification.


EHNAC was founded in 1993 and is a tax-exempt 501(c)(6) nonprofit organization. Guided by peer evaluation, the EHNAC accreditation process promotes quality service, innovation, cooperation and open competition in healthcare. To learn more, visit, contact, or follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.



Press contact information:

Wyman Bowers, CEO SCHIEx

803.335.4200 x 5