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."

The blog includes links to a list of the 60 Direct Project supporters, including 17 electronic health records vendors. "This list includes organizations that have made public announcements, as well as organizations that have made self-attestations," according to the Direct Project Web site. "It's not a binding commitment by anyone listed below, nor an inducement to buy any solution."

Fridsma's complete blog entry is available here.

--Joseph Goedert


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