HIO – The Main Requirements for eHealth Certificate

Health Information Organization ehealth certificate has the following requirements:

  1. It is not significant that a faclity announces possibility to keep exchange between unaffiliated establishments, they should obtain contracted relationship(s) to ensure such exchange and show that they actually do in such a way. This demand may be met by 1) ensuring fully signed agreements to the Authority or 2) by ensuring attestations from two unaffiliated customers setting their contractual relationship to the HIO state and a brief description of the HIE-related options ensured to them by the HIO. The government will guarantee a sample application for this attestation.
  2. Facilities may get provisional HIO certification if they satisfy all other qualification requirements other than the exchange enablement between unaffiliated facilities, but then must show full compliance with the definition within twelve months of achieving provisional certification.
  3. Unaffiliated implies facilities that do not make up a single legal business entity (directly or through parent organizations) and do not share a single EHR system.

What is eHealth?

The World Health Organization defines ehealth as “the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) for health”. Healthcare professionals certainly won’t be replaced by technology anytime soon, but the use of information technology can help doctors in their day to day work.

The goal of e-health is to provide access to patient health information at the right time and in the right place, and thus ensure the continuity and quality of health services to improve health outcomes.

For example, e-health systems allow:

Essentially, e-health introduces new ways of delivering healthcare services that facilitate collaboration between different healthcare institutions and enable the exchange of important information, setting new forms of interaction with patients.

At the heart of this, there is the Electronic Health Record (EHR), which plays a key role in collecting health care information and information from different healthcare providers to provide a single, unique card for each individual, accessible through compatible EHR services.

Ehealth solutions thus provide many benefits through the exchange of e-documents that save time for healthcare professionals and patients, and avoid duplication of clinical procedures by creating, storing and sharing information. Accessible health data also aids innovation by enabling analysis of health data, supporting disease prevention policies by identifying future challenges. The system also promotes transparency as the actions of healthcare participants are recorded and security audits are deployed to ensure compliance with relevant processes.