Where’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center CIO John Halamka going to spend his time at HIMSS11 in Orlando? He’ll be heading to the Interoperability Showcase, Halamka, co-chair of the HIT Standards Committee, told Health Data Management. “I’ve heard that ONC will take up a good portion of space in the Interoperability Showcase and the Direct Project will be demonstrated in the Live Exchange area.”

Led by ONC, industry stakeholders through the Direct Project have developed a set of standards to provide a simple, secure and scalable way to exchange data via the Internet with known and trusted recipients, as well as meet Stage 1 meaningful use criteria for data exchange. ONC announced on Feb. 2 that pilot programs using Direct Project standards have begun (see story).

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