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More of picture person? The Direct Project Overview was created to explain why and how the Direct Project was created, where it's at today, and where it will go in the future. View our slideshow to get a basic overview of everything the Direct Project is all about.
The Direct Project supports common scenarios where one person or organization needs to send clinical information to another person or organization securely.
This simple push of information covers clinical scenarios like
Many scenarios, each with a point who has the data sending it to another point that needs the data. The Direct Project doesn't focus on what the data is, only the way it's transported.
Technically, a product or service that supports the Direct Project is responsible for packaging the content of messages, securing it, and transporting it from a sender to a recipient. There are standards that support these behaviors:
To learn more about the technical details, please review the Direct Project's technical specification.
If your interest lies specifically in the technical standards used to ensure that Direct Project messages are confidential, complete, and authentic, please review the Direct Project's Security Overview.
The Direct Project is one part of a broad national strategy to connect healthcare providers through a Nationwide Health Information Network. The Nationwide Health Information Network consists of standards, services, and policies; a group of organizations is already exchanging information using existing components. The Direct Project was created to focus on a subset of the scenarios handled by the Nationwide Health Information Network, and to find a way to make them simpler and more achievable by all healthcare providers. That means that the Direct Project is complementary to other approaches.
Many electronic health records and healthcare information organizations can exchange information today. Some exchanges may already be similar to scenarios covered by the Direct Project, while others may be beyond the Direct Project's scope. An organization is not required to support the Direct Project's services and specifications, but it may choose to do so in order to add to its existing approaches.