FARMINGTON, Conn., March 28, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC), a non-profit standards development organization and accrediting body for organizations that electronically exchange healthcare data, today announced a partnership with top 20 national accounting and consulting firm Wipfli LLP. Through this strategic partnership, EHNAC can now offer current EHNAC accredited organizations and candidates a System and Organization Controls (SOC) 2 examination as part of its suite of privacy and cybersecurity service offerings, which includes HITRUST CSF Certification.

“By offering both SOC 2 examinations and HITRUST CSF certifications, EHNAC now serves as the total compliance partner for healthcare organizations, furthering their commitment to managing health data with integrity and effectiveness while also providing peace of mind that stringent security protocols are in place,” said Lee Barrett, executive director of EHNAC. “This collaboration with Wipfli extends our ability to ensure that healthcare organizations continue to mitigate cyber and ransomware security risks and meet their government’s specific standards and regulatory requirements.”

Beginning in January of 2019, organizations that have already obtained or are working to achieve accreditation through one of EHNAC’s 18 stakeholder-specific accreditation programs and/or CSF certification will be able to leverage that assessment in obtaining a SOC 2 report to fulfill compliance requirements.

“Helping health care organizations achieve compliance with industry standards and best practices has been a long-standing commitment of the firm,” said Torpey White, Risk Services Partner at Wipfli. “Combining our System and Organization Controls (SOC) audit expertise with EHNAC’s accreditations will be beneficial to clients as well as their constituents. Our partnership with EHNAC comes at a crucial time for health care organizations when demand for control over the security and privacy of data is increasing and this collaboration underscores our commitment to the health care industry.”

SOC examinations allow organizations to disclose their business control activities and processes, which in turn, provides independent assurance to customers, prospects and financial statement auditors that their processes and controls are sound. Developed by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), SOC 2 reports focus on a business’s non-financial reporting controls as they relate to security, availability, processing integrity, confidentiality and privacy of a system.

For more information on EHNAC’s accreditation and certification offerings, visit www.ehnac.org.

About EHNAC
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 www.ehnac.org, contact info@ehnac.org, or follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.

About Wipfli

At Wipfli, we’re committed to providing industry-focused assurance, accounting, tax and consulting services that make a lasting, positive impact on our clients — helping them overcome personal and business challenges and plan for future success. With over 2,000 associates, Wipfli ranks among the top 20 accounting and business consulting firms in the nation. We’re proud to give our clients the value and experience of a diverse firm that specializes in a wide range of services and industries, dedicated to enduring results, outstanding service and lifetime relationships. Learn more at http://www.wipfli.com.

Press contact information:

Tom Testa, Anderson Interactive, 617-872-0184
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Debra Hopkinson, EHNAC, 860-408-1620
dhopkinson@ehnac.org