The Direct Project offers easy and affordable secure clinical messaging, for messages you want to send to your colleagues or to your patients. Each provider or his or her organization has a Direct Address that he or she can use to send and receive messages. Direct Project messages are secure, which means that unlike email, you can use them to send patient information to your colleagues who need it for care. Messages sent through the Direct Project may help contribute to Meaningful Use.
The Direct Project is compatible with a broad range of health IT options. You could use it with your email client software, with a connection to a regional or state health exchange, or through your electronic health record software.
To get involved, be on the lookout for Direct Project pilot implementations. You can also encourage your affiliated healthcare organization to use Direct Project standards, or your healthcare software to support Direct messaging.
The Direct Project provides your organization with a low cost alternative to fax machines and paper for many kinds of data and document exchanges. Implementing the Direct Project is easy, whether or not you have electronic health record technology in place today.
The Direct Project can help your clincal partners communicate securely with each other and outside your network, regardless of your employment model. The Direct Project is available for physicians in employed, highly affiliated, and loosely affiliated practices.
Depending on your relationship with your physicians, you may choose to directly manage their opportunities to use Direct Project messaging, or you can contract this responsibility to a different provider. You can choose your level of involvement based on your own IT resources and priorties.
As a state designated entity or HIE, you might worry that the lower barrier to entry may encourage more health systems to "go it alone," but the Direct Project only covers a part of the larger and more comprehensive interoperability solutions that an HIE can provide.
Your state or regional HIE can implement Direct services and standards to help support your doctors and clinics, in getting Direct Addresses and in exchanging data securely.
As you plan your state or regional exchange, you should consider the Direct Project standards in your planning. You can participate in pilot implementations, and by publicizing your involvement, you'll be encouraging others to join in.
The Direct Project provides a safe and secure method for exchanging information via known participants, but it's only one piece in the larger interoperability offerings that your software may already support. By encorporating Direct Project standards and workflows into your software, you'll be able to expand your connectivity offerings and allow your users to message with other clinicians in the community at varying technical sophistication. Providing workflow support for Direct Project services will give your software a competitive advantage.
The Direct Project uses an established and scalable architecture that leverages common Internet standards, policies, and protocols. It also supports options based on accepted Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise integration profiles, and is flexible enough to support everything from plain text to Continuity of Care Documents. Encorporating the Direct Project into your electronic health record offering is one way to help your clients achieve Meaningful Use.
The Direct Project offers easy and secure clinical messaging, enabling providers and hospitals to send to you your health information, summaries of your recent visits, or reminders about preventive or follow-up care.
Some Personal Health Records can provide you a Direct Address that you can use to receive such messages. Direct Project messages are secure, which means that unlike email, they can be used by your care provider to send your information securely to you and to other providers that are participating in your care.
See if your care provider and your personal health record provider support the Direct Project.