HealthlinkNY Receives Perfect Score on their 2017 Qualified Entity Certification Audit

While you rang in 2018 surrounded by family and friends, HealthlinkNY stepped into the New Year with a perfect score on our Qualified Entity (QE) Certification Audit from the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) and the New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC)! Not only were we able to achieve a perfect score but, due to the hard work and dedication of our staff, we submitted our certification documentation 2 months before the September 2017 deadline.
Each year the NYSDOH and NYeC require all 8 Regional Health Information Organizations (RHIOs) to undergo a certification process to ensure that each one is meeting all the requirements to operate their Health Information Exchange (HIE). Through the certification, each RHIO proves that they are meeting the proper technical, auditing, security, and organizational processes to store and share electronic health data, and connect to the Statewide Health Information Network of New York (SHIN-NY).
The 2017 QE self-certification consisted of the NYSDOH providing us with an assessment document that we had to review and complete. As part of the certification, HealthlinkNY had to have the proper documentation or be able to demonstrate that all items in the self-assessment were true. The DOH then used an outside auditor to verify everything in our self-certification.
It is interesting to note that some years all the QEs have to go through a Certification Assessment where an outside auditor comes onsite to gather all necessary documentation. During the 2015 Certification Assessment, HealthlinkNY was host to an outside auditor that was onsite for 3 weeks conducting staff interviews, touring our office, viewing demos, and checking our security measures.
We are proud to announce that we received a perfect score on our QE Self-Certification. This means that the NYSDOH and NYeC had no concerns regarding our performance and security. We are tremendously proud and grateful to all staff who assisted with the completion of our 2017 QE Certification Audit.