A non-profit trade alliance that advances secure health information exchange via the Direct Protocol has expanded its trusted, national network to include 26 Direct exchange health information service providers. Washington, D.C.-based DirectTrust has also begun extensive HISP-to-HISP interoperability testing to ensure continued reliability of the network.

 The 26 HISPs now provide Direct exchange services to more than 5,000 healthcare organization--including medical practices, clinics, hospitals, pharmacies and laboratories-- with nearly 200,000 individual Direct accounts and addresses nationwide.

 “This network’s growth--more than 20-fold in nine months--has exceeded everyone’s wildest expectations,” said DirectTrust President and CEO David C. Kibbe, M.D. “Meaningful use is only meaningful to the extent that health data and information can follow the patient from one clinical setting to another--securely. Now, virtually any physician or hospital in the country can use their DirectTrust-accredited EHR's exchange services to connect to other physicians and hospitals on the network.”

DirectTrust has been supported in part by a grant from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT as part of the Exemplar HIE Governance Program. Recently, the organization also started a two-year Cooperative Agreement with ONC.

 

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