The Kansas Health Information Network now offers secure clinical messaging using the federally developed Direct Project protocols.
Direct Protocol messaging is a new function in an update of the statewide HIE’s platform from Informatics Corp. of America. Direct is similar to Microsoft Outlook and requires little or no training for providers to begin to exchange data, says Laura McCray, executive director at the statewide HIE. The HIE’s provider portal enables providers to send messages to each other and to view the data.
The Kansas network, serving the state’s 132 hospitals and 4,500 physicians, began enrollment in late summer 2011 and now has about 2,000 users, including more than 1,400 physicians. More information is available at khinonline.org.
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