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What is a credential?

Examples of credentials include the following:

  • Diplomas 

  • Certificates for additional training

  • Specialty certification

  • State licenses 

  • Evaluations 

  • Proof of completed continuing education requirements 

  • Letters from prior employers explaining the circumstances under which the employment ended 

  • Any malpractice or legal actions

What is credentialing?

Have you seen Catch Me If You Can? No patient wants to find out that the person performing surgery wasn’t actually a surgeon. To prevent this, hospitals have an exhaustive process to ensure that their physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and other professional staff have the education, training, and certification that they claim to have. This process is called credentialing. Many other industries have a similar process to verify credentials.

What is primary source verification?

Primary source verification is the act of obtaining confirmation of a specific credential (education, training, licensure) from the original source.


Examples of primary source verification include direct written correspondence, telephone verification, fax, and internet verification.

How long does the current credentialing process take?

In healthcare, the current credentialing process can often take 4-6 months to complete. In addition to the exorbitant costs of generating primary source records, this delay also results in lost revenue, lost productivity, increased burnout, and decreased access to care. These costs are repeated every time an employee moves to a new position, even within the same institution.

What is the difference between credentialing and privileging?

Credentialing is the initial process of verifying professional credentials. Once the professional has been credentialed, the privileging process begins.  Privileging identifies the specific procedures and patient care services a professional will be allowed to provide at specific sites.

What is Distributed Ledger Technology? How is it different from Blockchain?

Many companies use a centralized database, which has a single point of failure. A distributed ledger is a database that is distributed across multiple parties and locations. There is no single point of failure. 


Blockchain is a type of distributed ledger. A blockchain is also a shared database, but each “block” of information is entered in sequence (a “chain”) and must be confirmed and encrypted using proof of work.

Does ArchiveCore provide a complete credentialing solution?

No. ArchiveCore provides a secure way to store, share, and verify credentials. It can be used along with any employer’s standard process. We are not trying to tackle the entire credentialing process. We are fixing one small part of this inefficient system.

What are OPPE & FPPE?

Hospitals must ensure the continued quality and safety of patient care, so all physicians and other professional staff who are granted privileges undergo periodic review to determine if they should maintain existing privileges. 


The Joint Commission requires both Ongoing Professional Practice Evaluation (OPPE) and Focused Professional Practice Evaluation (FPPE).


FPPE is a time-limited evaluation of the professional’s competence in performing a specific privilege. It is implemented for all initially requested privileges and then again if needed as a result of data obtained during OPPE or when additional data or reports indicate the need for a focused review of adverse events. 


OPPE is a summary of ongoing data collected to assess a professional’s clinical competence and professional behavior. It assists the organization in identifying trends that may impact the quality of patient care and patient safety.


OPPE & FPPE are used together to ensure that a professional is delivering appropriate care.

How do I request a demo?

Please contact We'll start with a quick phone call (or email if you are phone-shy) to ask a few  questions to make sure we're a good fit for your needs. We don't want to waste your time if this platform isn't what you need. 

If you have any other questions that we haven't addressed, please contact us at

Is ArchiveCore only for health care professionals? 

No. ArchiveCore can be used in any industry that requires verification of credentials. Please contact us to discuss your industry and process.

How difficult is it to integrate ArchiveCore with our current process?

It’s easy! ArchiveCore is cloud-based, so you can log in through our secure portal. There is no barrier to integration with your legacy systems. You can even try our process alongside your standard routine to see how simple it is. 

We will provide written and video instructions for your users. We are available for group and 1:1 training if requested.

How fast can we get started?

Our onboarding process is simple: For individuals, the process can be completed in less than 30 minutes. For employers and institutions, our system can be fully integrated in about two weeks.

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Wondering if ArchiveCore is  right for you? Chat with our team to see if there’s a fit.

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