More than 60 provider organizations, software vendors, and state and private health information exchanges have announced planned support for the Direct Project interoperability standards developed under an initiative of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.

"Many of the country's largest health IT vendors, most populous states, and robust integrated delivery systems are incorporating Direct Project specifications into their health IT systems," according to a new blog posting from Doug Fridsma, M.D., director of ONC's Office of Standards and Interoperability. "What's exciting about this growing list of organizations is that over half the country's population could benefit from the availability of secure, directed health information messaging. The numbers are sure to continue growing in the coming months as more organizations support Direct Project specifications for health information exchange."

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