WASHINGTON, Jan. 23, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- DirectTrust today announced continued steady growth in the number of health care organizations using DirectTrust interoperability services during 2018, as well as an upsurge in the number of Direct message transactions, patient use, and addresses. DirectTrust is a non-profit health care industry alliance created to support secure, identity-verified electronic exchanges of personal health information (PHI) between provider organizations, and between provider and patients, for the purpose of improved coordination of care.
According to year-end 2018 metrics:
“The trends that emerged in 2018 are becoming more pronounced and growth more broad-based,” said Scott Stuewe, DirectTrust President and CEO. “During the fourth quarter, nearly all DirectTrust accredited member organizations experienced growth in both transactions and the number of messages per address. This demonstrates an increase in the adoption of Direct Secure Messaging for transitions of care, and for other care coordination and population health purposes. As we move into 2019, we’re convening our EHR company members to identify new ways to improve the adoption of Direct Secure Messaging Workflows. We’re excited by the potential for even more rapid growth as our membership identifies opportunities for improvement.”
DirectTrust is a six-year old, non-profit, competitively neutral, self-regulatory entity initially created by and for participants in the Direct exchange community, including Health Internet Service Providers (HISPs), Certificate Authorities (CAs), Registration Authorities (RAs), doctors, patients and vendors. DirectTrust supports both provider-to-provider and patient-to-provider Direct exchange. In the period 2013 to 2015, DirectTrust was the recipient of a Cooperative Agreement Award from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) as part of the Exemplar HIE Governance Program. DirectTrust serves as a forum and governance body for persons and entities engaged in the Direct exchange of electronic health information as part of the Nationwide Health Information Network (NwHIN). DirectTrust's Security and Trust Framework is the basis for the voluntary accreditation of service providers implementing Direct health information exchange. The goal of DirectTrust is to develop, promote, and, as necessary, help enforce the rules and best practices necessary to maintain security and trust within the Direct community, consistent with the HITECH Act and the governance rules for the NwHIN established by ONC. DirectTrust is committed to fostering widespread public confidence in the interoperable exchange of health information. To learn more, visit www.directtrust.org.
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