Wednesday
Apr092014

DirectTrust Cooperative Agreement with ONC Renewed

DirectTrust announces that its Cooperative Agreement with the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health IT has been renewed for a second full year. The renewal came after DirectTrust exceeded the goals of the ONC’s Exemplar HIE Governance Program.

Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) April 08, 2014

DirectTrust, a non-profit trade alliance that advances secure, health information exchange via the Direct Protocol, announced today that its Cooperative Agreement with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) has been renewed for a second full year. The renewal came after DirectTrust not only met, but exceeded the goals of the ONC’s Exemplar HIE Governance Program.

“This is a time when identity theft and privacy concerns are prevalent, so securing patients’ personal health information in Direct messages – and trusting the identity between senders – is a must,” DirectTrust President and CEO David C. Kibbe, MD, said. “In a remarkably short period of time, our members have created a national network for secure and trusted health data exchange over the Internet. EHR users in hospitals, medical practices, and other health care facilities, as well as their patients, will all benefit from the ability to move data securely across organizational and IT boundaries via Direct. The work has been done on time, and on target.”

DirectTrust sets policies and standards for secure health information exchange, and operates a voluntary accreditation program for Health Information Services Providers (HISPs) in partnership with the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC). Accredited HISPs provide trusted, low-cost message exchanges from within EHRs, web portals, and other applications for the purposes of health care coordination and patient engagement.

To qualify for the ONC award continuation, DirectTrust had to meet a number of deadlines and milestones. One of those involved its EHNAC-DirectTrust program. Accredited HISPs share digital certificates with one another, making it transparent and efficient for Direct relying parties to know whom to trust, without having to engage in one-off contracts or single-use connections.

In all to date, DirectTrust has enrolled 49 organizations – including leading EHR companies, connectivity vendors, and state HIEs – in more than 80 accreditation and audit programs encompassing privacy, security, and trust-in-identity controls. That exceeded the goal of 50 programs set for the first year of the Cooperative Agreement.

“Over the past year, DirectTrust worked hard to promote good governance practices and enable the exchange of health information,” said Kory Mertz, the Challenge Grant director at the ONC. “We expect that in the second year of the contract, DirectTrust will continue this success and help to enable HISP-to-HISP interoperability among their participants.”

According to John Blair, MD, Chair of the DirectTrust Board of Directors and CEO of MedAllies, an accredited HISP, “The country has placed a high priority on digitizing providers throughout the health care industry. For the last several years, significant money and effort has gone into moving providers from paper to EHRs. Direct exchange is our greatest hope to create interoperability between these disparate EHR systems for transitions of care and care coordination. The partnership between DirectTrust and ONC has been a very productive collaboration between the private sector and government, something we don’t see every day.”

Details on the benefits of HIPAA-compliant messaging and EHNAC-DirectTrust accreditation can be found athttp://www.DirectTrust.org.

About DirectTrust 
DirectTrust is a nonprofit, competitively neutral, self-regulatory entity created by and for participants in the Direct community – including health information service providers (HISPs), certificate authorities, registration authorities, federal agencies, doctors, patients, and vendors. It supports both provider-to-provider, as well as patient-to-provider Direct exchange. The goal of DirectTrust is to develop, promote and, as necessary, help enforce the rules and best practices needed to maintain security and trust within the Direct network, consistent with the HITECH Act and the governance rules for the NwHIN established by the ONC. DirectTrust is committed to fostering widespread public confidence in the Direct exchange of health information. To learn more, please visit http://www.DirectTrust.org.

About the ONC Exemplar HIE Governance Program 
The Exemplar Health Information Exchange Governance Program funds cooperative agreements that advance the efforts of existing governance entities that benefit consumers and healthcare providers by allowing health information to flow securely between unaffiliated healthcare organizations. The purpose of the Program is to work with existing governance entities to further develop and adopt policies, interoperability requirements, and business practice criteria that align with national priorities, overcome interoperability challenges, reduce implementation costs and assure the privacy and security of electronic exchange of health information.

Wednesday
Mar262014

Corepoint Health Joins the DirectTrust Community to Advocate for the Secure Use of Direct Project in Health Information Exchange

As a leader in health data interoperability, Corepoint Health will play an active role in advocating for and promoting data exchange using the Direct Project protocol.

Direct Project’s simplicity will make sending and receiving health data easier for both providers and patients. With Meaningful Use as a key driver, adoption will continue to grow at a rapid pace.

Dallas, TX (PRWEB) March 26, 2014

As part of its mission to provide innovative health data interoperability solutions to healthcare providers, Corepoint Health is proud to announce it has joined the DirectTrust membership organization.

The DirectTrust organization is dedicated to build and strengthen the security and trust framework for the exchange of health data using the Direct Project protocol. Direct Project is a government-created data communication method that allows users to easily send and receive health information. Direct Project is one of five different communication methods available in Corepoint Integration Engine, health IT’s leading interoperability solution.

Jon Mertz, Corepoint Health’s VP of Marketing, said Corepoint Health joined DirectTrust because implementation of Direct Project is still in the early stages across the industry, despite significant provider interest driven by the government’s Meaningful Use requirements.

“Direct Project’s simplicity will make sending and receiving health data easier for both providers and patients. With Meaningful Use as a key driver, adoption will continue to grow at a rapid pace,” said Mertz. “As always, security and trust are of utmost importance for participants in the exchange of health data. We will continue to further both initiatives as members of DirectTrust.”

DirectTrust members must agree to participate in work groups dedicated to security, trust, and growth of the use of the Direct Project; attend monthly educational sessions; become involved with the Direct community; and support the membership growth of DirectTrust.

About Corepoint Health

Corepoint Health delivers a simplified approach to internal and external health data integration and exchange for hospitals, radiology centers, laboratories, and clinics. Corepoint Integration Engine has been named the #1 interface engine for five consecutive years, 2009-2013, in the Best in KLAS: Software & Services report. Our software solutions help healthcare providers achieve interoperability goals and create operational leverage within their care organization.

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Saturday
Mar222014

Dr. Kibbe speaking at HIMSS14 in Orlando, FL

Dr. David Kibbe did a great job at HIMSS during the Surescripts presentation of succinctly laying out the work of Direct Trust.

Thursday
Feb272014

Covisint Achieves DirectTrust.org/EHNAC Accreditation

Direct Trusted Agent Accreditation Ensures Adherence to Data Processing Standards and Compliance With Security Infrastructure, Integrity and Trusted Identity Requirements

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ORLANDO, Feb 26, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE via COMTEX) -- HIMSS Conference & Exhibition -- Covisint Corporation COVS +0.24% , provider of the leading cloud engagement platform, today announced that it has achieved full accreditation with the Direct Trusted Agent Accreditation Program (DTAAP) from DirectTrust.org and the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC). Direct Trusted Agent accreditation recognizes excellence in health data processing and transactions, and ensures compliance with industry-established standards, HIPAA regulations and the Direct Project.

Through the consultative review process, EHNAC evaluated Covisint in the areas of privacy, security and confidentiality; technical performance; business practices and organizational resources as it relates to Directed exchange participants. In addition, EHNAC reviewed the organization's process of managing and transferring protected health information and determined that the organization meets or exceeds all EHNAC criteria and industry standards. Through completion of the rigorous accreditation process, Covisint demonstrates adherence to strict standards and participation in the comprehensive, objective evaluation of its business.

"Endorsed by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), the Direct Trusted Agent Accreditation Program ensures that organizations like Covisint establish and uphold a superior level of trust for their stakeholders," said Lee Barrett, executive director of EHNAC. "The need for guidance and accountability in health information exchange is undeniable, which is reflected in Covisint's commitment to the highest standards in privacy, security and confidentiality."

"The Office of the National Coordinator and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid are increasingly requiring Direct to be part of the ecosystems of state Medicaid agencies and health information exchange projects," said Steve McDonald, Covisint Vice President of Healthcare. "Covisint's capabilities far exceed Direct requirements and, as a result, we already have many customers running Direct. As one of the few solutions that's also HISP accredited, Covisint is the secure, proven, and trusted choice for healthcare executives considering Direct."

Covisint delivers high value to accountable care stakeholders by supporting a comprehensive health information technology roadmap that helps improve health outcomes, increases efficiencies and fills the gaps left by existing technology investments. Covisint's agnostic platform, which works with or without an existing EMR system, enables the free, secure flow of information with the customer in full control, helping healthcare providers and payers maintain data independence and control.

 

Saturday
Feb222014

New ConnectCare Solution from Kodak Alaris Helps Healthcare Providers Convert and Direct Message Patient Information for Easy Transitions of Care

ROCHESTER, N.Y.,February 19 2014 - Every day, healthcare providers face the challenge of managing and exchanging patient information originating from paper and digital formats. To provide the best patient care, providers must have the ability to securely and efficiently convert and exchange such unstructured/structured content between fellow providers, with Electronic Medical Record (EMR) system interoperability—or by a secure Direct independent means.

Even as a range of providers have implemented EMR technology, the industry remains challenged by inconsistent adoption rates of the Meaningful Use (MU) government mandate. As a result, providers who are unable to uniformly exchange patient information across the healthcare continuum risk a reduction in referrals, which can negatively impact revenue. Additionally, providers who cannot attest to MU2 face reduced reimbursement rates.

To address these urgent health IT communication needs, Kodak Alaris and Inofile have partnered to offer the ConnectCare Solution, a structured Direct patient information solution featuring INOFILE Kno2™ software. The affordable new solution is based on easily implemented, cloud-based software that captures and manages patient information regardless of its source or format. The ConnectCare Solution with Inofile's Kno2 software transforms and structures patient information and provides a secure Direct Messaging capability within the DirectTrust framework. This solution helps to transition patient information between EMR and non-EMR providers to complete the Continuum of Care and offers a secure fax alternative.

"Many small- to midsize providers have been unable to cost justify implementation of EMR, leaving them without options to securely communicate various forms of healthcare information in a timely manner to support patient-centered care objectives," said Dolores Kruchten, President of Kodak Alaris' Document Imaging division. "We are excited to combine our world-class document imaging technology and Inofile's Kno2 Direct Messaging technologies to introduce a solution that enables any provider to transform and communicate patient information securely and electronically."

Kodak Alaris' ConnectCare Solution, part of a newly expanding healthcare solution portfolio, will debut at the Kodak Alaris booth (#8164) at HIMSS14 in Orlando, Feb. 23–26. Inofile also will be at the conference providing Kno2 demonstrations in suite MP 109 on the first floor outside of the exhibit hall, and at the HIMSS14 Interoperability Showcase.

"Kno2 is an easy-to-use, cost-effective, cloud-based application that creates an 'on-off ramp' between sources of unstructured clinical content and Electronic Medical Records systems as well as Health Information Exchange networks, including the nation's largest, SURESCRIPTS," said Inofile CEO Jon Elwell. "Combined with Kodak Alaris' document imaging technology, Kno2 offers providers in all care settings the ability to transform and securely communicate unstructured and structured patient information using standards-based protocols, helping to improve patient transition needs while connecting the Continuum of Care."

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Friday
Feb142014

EMR Direct Receives Full DirectTrust EHNAC Accreditation

phiMail™ Direct Messaging and phiCert™ Identity Services Receive Direct Trusted Agent Accreditation Program (DTAAP) Triple Accreditation as Health Information Service Provider (HISP), Certification Authority, and Registration Authority

SAN DIEGOFeb. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- EMR Direct, a leading developer of Direct messaging software and provider of Direct HISP and identity services for the secure exchange of Protected Health Information (PHI) over the Internet, has received full accreditation through the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC) Direct Trusted Agent Accreditation Program (DTAAP).  EMR Direct's practices were audited against over two hundred technical, physical, and operational criteria and found to be fully in compliance with HIPAA/HITECH, the Direct Project standards, DirectTrust policies, and other measures prescribed by DirectTrust and EHNAC.       

Direct messaging solves the historically expensive problem of securely transferring information across different vendors and healthcare systems, promoting broad interoperability.  The EHNAC symbol has become synonymous with compliance in healthcare-related data transfer procedures, and DirectTrust/EHNAC DTAAP accreditation, endorsed by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), is the industry-accepted stamp of approval for objective review of Direct services.  "The accreditation of EMR Direct's HISP, CA, and RA services demonstrates their adherence to a higher standard of quality, privacy, security, and confidentiality, as well as data management, and their compliance with HIPAA and HITECH," saysLee Barrett, Executive Director of EHNAC.

DirectTrust, an independent non-profit trade association with over 100 member organizations, establishes policies to promote security and trust in Direct messaging.  An early member of DirectTrust, EMR Direct has been an active participant in this process, and EMR Direct CTO Luis Maas currently serves as Co-Chair of the DirectTrust Security and Trust Compliance Workgroup.  "EMR Direct consistently brings an impressive level of technical expertise in both Direct messaging and public key cryptography to the DirectTrust community, and has played an important leadership role in the development of many DirectTrust policies," says David C. Kibbe, MD, President and CEO, DirectTrust.  "EMR Direct clearly wants interoperability to 'just work', and actively collaborates with other members to make Direct scale across the nation. Accreditation plays an important part in achieving these goals and growing the DirectTrust Network."

"The rigorous criteria for DTAAP accreditation help standardize best practices for the large number of moving parts involved in Direct messaging, a high priority towards achieving true health data liquidity, and providing better care at a lower cost," says Julie Maas, CEO of EMR Direct.  "The EMR Direct phiMail platform receives excellent feedback from EHR developers and has been easily integrated into dozens of EHR products and healthcare applications seeking to meet the Direct messaging requirements for Stage 2 of Meaningful Use.  Our phiMail HISP has been successfully tested in over a dozen EHR certifications for MU2, with many more certifications scheduled in coming months.  EMR Direct's strengths include our easy integration Direct messaging API and connector libraries for multiple application frameworks, ongoing product enhancements based on customer feedback, helpful MU2 certification and other Direct messaging product documentation, high-touch customer support, and industry-leading capabilities such as built-in handling of separate signing and encryption keys, two factor authentication, XDR support, and trust policies tailored to customers' business needs."

About EMR Direct
EMR Direct is headquartered in San Diego, California, and provides Direct messaging services, Direct addresses, and, through its phiCert Certification Authority, the supporting public key infrastructure (PKI) required for Direct exchange.  With the goal of simplifying interoperability and enabling custom workflows, phiMail is easy to deploy and does not require expensive, one-off, peer-to-peer interfaces.  EMR Direct is committed to protecting patient privacy, improving the quality and coordination of care, increasing productivity, and reducing costs.  As part of this commitment, the EMR Direct management team actively participates in numerous government-sponsored and industry workgroups to help refine, expand, and govern the use of Direct messaging.  More information may be found at http://www.emrdirect.com.  Healthcare providers and IT professionals may request evaluation software by registering for a developer or production account

About DirectTrust and EHNAC
DirectTrust is an independent non-profit trade association created by and for participants in the Direct community, to establish and maintain a national Security and Trust framework in support of Direct exchange.  EHNAC is an independent, federally recognized, standards development organization and accrediting body designed to improve transactional quality, operational efficiency, and data security in healthcare. 

Trademark Notice:  phiMail and phiCert are trademarks of EMR Direct.

Media Contact:
Julie Maas
EMR Direct
pr@emrdirect.com
858-367-0770

 

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Friday
Feb072014

MRO Achieves DirectTrust.org/EHNAC Accreditation

Direct Trusted Agent accreditation ensures adherence to data processing standards and compliance with security infrastructure, integrity and trusted identity requirements

KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa. – February 6, 2014 – MRO Corp., a leader in disclosure management and health information exchange, announced today it has achieved full accreditation with the Direct Trusted Agent Accreditation Program (DTAAP) for its HISP solution, MRODirectTM, from DirectTrust.org and the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC). Direct Trusted Agent accreditation recognizes excellence in health data processing and transactions, and ensures compliance with industry-established standards, HIPAA regulations and the Direct Project.

Through the consultative review process, EHNAC evaluated MRO in areas of privacy, security and confidentiality; technical performance; business practices and organizational resources as it relates to Directed exchange participants. In addition, EHNAC reviewed the organization’s process of managing and transferring protected health information and determined that the organization meets or exceeds all EHNAC criteria and industry standards. Through completion of the rigorous accreditation process, the organization demonstrates to its constituents, adherence to strict standards and participation in the comprehensive, objective evaluation of its business.

“Endorsed by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), the Direct Trusted Agent Accreditation Program ensures that organizations like MRO establish and uphold a superior level of trust for their stakeholders,” says Lee Barrett, executive director of EHNAC. “The need in the marketplace for guidance and accountability in health information exchange is undeniable, and we applaud MRO’s commitment to the highest standards in privacy, security and confidentiality.”

MRO offers a suite of disclosure management and health information exchange solutions, including MRODirect, that equip providers with the necessary tools to ensure secure, compliant and efficient exchange of protected health information in the midst of an increasingly complex regulatory environment.

As a healthcare-specific email solution, MRODirect easily integrates with a provider’s overall disclosure management workflow and is a secure alternative to faxing documentation that contains PHI. With MRODirect, healthcare organizations are better equipped to meet meaningful use Stage 2 transitions of care objectives, and providers can additionally integrate accounting of disclosure services, patient restriction filters, message disposition notification (MDN) and provider directory services.

“Both EHNAC and DirectTrust have greatly supported the practical and efficient exchange of PHI through Direct Secure Messaging, and we are proud to have partnered with both organizations throughout our accreditation process,” said Gavin Krumenacker, VP HIE Solutions and Business Development of MRO. “Accreditation enables us to deliver greater security and efficiency in the exchange of PHI for transitions of care – an effort we are confident will both lower costs and improve care coordination for our clients.”

About MRO

MRO, a leader in disclosure management and health information exchange, provides technology-driven solutions that ensure the secure, compliant and efficient exchange of protected health information (PHI). The company’s solutions include release of information (ROI), payer audit compliance and tracking, and accounting of disclosures. MRO additionally offers services and applications that support meaningful use attestation and health information exchange. MRO’s solutions can be used as a common platform across a healthcare enterprise to standardize disclosure policies and drive system-wide security and compliance. To learn more, visit www.mrocorp.com

About DirectTrust.org

DirectTrust.org is a non-profit, competitively neutral, self-regulatory entity created by and for participants in the Direct community, including HISPs, CAs and RAs, doctors, patients, and vendors, and supports both provider-to-provider as well as patient-to-provider Direct exchange. The goal of DirectTrust.org 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.org is committed to fostering widespread public confidence in the Direct exchange of health information. To learn more, visit www.directtrust.org.

About EHNAC

The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC) is a voluntary, self-governing standards development organization (SDO) established to develop standard criteria and accredit organizations that electronically exchange healthcare data. These entities include electronic health networks, payers, financial services firms, health information exchanges, medical billers, outsourced services, e-prescribing solution providers and direct trusted agents.

EHNAC was founded in 1993 and is a tax-exempt 501(c)(6) nonprofit organization. Guided by peer evaluation, the EHNAC accreditation process promotes quality service, innovation, cooperation and open competition in healthcare. To learn more, visit www.ehnac.org or contact info@ehnac.org. Connect with EHNAC on Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn and Facebook.

Thursday
Jan302014

DirectTrust.org member MRO Named Category Leader in 2013 Best in KLAS Report for the Release of Information Services Market

Providers rate top companies for best technology and service in industry report

KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa. – January 29, 2014MRO Corp., a leader in disclosure management and health information exchange, today announced that it has been named “Category Leader” for the release of information (ROI) services market segment as part of the 2013 Best in KLAS: Software & Professional Services report. KLAS seeks to improve healthcare technology delivery through honest, accurate and impartial measurement of vendor services.

As “Category Leader,” MRO received an overall score of 87.2 out of 100 — the highest score among ROI vendors rated by KLAS.

KLAS evaluations are weighted in the following key areas: sales and contracting; implementation and training; service and support; and general and overall services. The “Category Leader” award is given to the software and services vendor/solutions that have outperformed all others in their specific field. It is entirely based on provider feedback. 

KLAS continuously evaluates vendors within the healthcare sector by comparing features, functionality and client support of professional service vendors. The data used for these rankings is collected through in-depth interviews with healthcare providers.

MRO was evaluated by a sample of customer hospitals using the ROI Online® disclosure management platform for release of information. MRO’s ROI Online is a web-based, release-of-information software system that enables healthcare organizations to improve compliance, enhance customer service, increase policy enforcement, decrease turnaround time and leverage technology.

“We are proud to be the KLAS ‘Category Leader’ for release of information services,” said Steve Hynes, president of MRO. “We feel this designation speaks to satisfaction that healthcare providers have with ROI services from MRO. We also believe that the comments MRO’s customers have provided KLAS are a wonderful illustration of what separates MRO from the competition, and we encourage our current and prospective clients to view our performance data on the KLAS website.”

For more information, please visit www.klasresearch.com.

About MRO

MRO, a leader in disclosure management and health information exchange, provides technology-driven solutions that ensure the secure, compliant and efficient exchange of protected health information (PHI). The company’s solutions include release of information (ROI), payer audit compliance and tracking, and accounting of disclosures. MRO additionally offers services and applications that support meaningful use attestation and health information exchange. MRO’s solutions can be used as a common platform across a healthcare enterprise to standardize disclosure policies and drive system-wide security and compliance. To learn more, visit www.mrocorp.com.  

About KLAS

KLAS is a research firm on a global mission to improve healthcare delivery by enabling providers to providers to be heard and counted. Working with thousands of healthcare professionals and clinicians, KLAS gathers data on software, services, medical equipment, and infrastructure systems to deliver timely reports, trends, and statistical overviews. The research directly represents the provider voice and acts as a catalyst for improving vendor performance. Follow KLAS on Twitter at www.twitter.com/KLASresearch

Thursday
Jan232014

Tennessee Healthcare Providers Streamline the Process of Communicating Patient Information

 

The Tennessee Office of eHealth Initiatives' Health eShare Direct Project has been the driving force in assisting more than 4,000 healthcare professionals in Tennessee to embrace Direct Technology. Direct facilitates secure health information exchange (HIE) through the electronic transmission of patient health information, closing the gap in healthcare communication by painting a full picture of a patient's healthcare status for all providers involved in the continuum of care.

According to David C. Kibbe, MD MBA, senior advisor to the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP),DirectTrust cofounder and CEO, the adoption of Direct messaging and creation of meaningful use cases in Tennessee is among the most rapid he has seen. In fact, according to the most recent data provided by DirectTrust to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), Tennessee now represents nearly 5 percent of all Direct active accounts established nationally.

Direct was initially piloted among the healthcare communities in Chattanooga, Memphis and Hickman County this past spring. Under contract with the Tennessee Office of eHealth Initiatives (OeHI), Qsource utilized the lessons learned from the pilot program to expand Direct statewide, beginning in June of this past year.

As an incentive for participation, OeHI provided incentives for up to 4,000 participants of $500 per Direct user account. Qsource was charged with distributing those funds before January 31, 2014. The goal was reached six weeks early.

"As the sponsor of the Direct Project in Tennessee, watching it grow and succeed has been very satisfying, and it has truly expanded health information exchange in Tennessee. I am grateful for the opportunity to have worked side by side with Qsource who helped make this project such a success," said George Beckett, Health IT Coordinator for OeHI.

In Chattanooga, the Southeast Tennessee Area Agency on Aging and Disability is participating in the Community-based Care Transitions Program (CCTP). The agency is responsible for connecting the agency's high-risk clients who are discharged from the hospital inpatient care settings with the community care, rehabilitation and ancillary services that they need to recuperate, recover and avoid costly hospital readmissions. Once enrolled in the pilot project, the agency began receiving patient discharge notifications and relevant patient information from clinical charts almost instantaneously with the use of Direct Technology. The agency staff is able to reach out to patients, usually within hours of their discharge. In nine short months, this community has sent more than 2,000 Direct messages.

Healthstar Physicians, PC, is a multi-specialty physician group with a support staff of more than 450 that serves 11 locations in four counties in East TN. Direct Technology is assisting this large organization by allowing it to securely exchange patient health information needed between multiple transitions of care within its own organization. Since implementing Direct in October 2013, the organization has sent more than 1,500 messages to support patient care.

Direct Technology is also a protocol used to achieve two of the measures for information exchange required for providers and hospitals seeking to maximize incentives for Stage 2 of the EHR Incentive Program. While the funding for Direct is no longer available, the value of Direct continues to grow, with more than 13,500 messages sent in Tennessee alone.

Beckett further stated, "I would like to take a moment to thank the Qsource team for their hard work and dedication on the Direct Project. With their dedicated assistance and leadership we were able to achieve our goals."

For more information about the Health eShare Direct Project visit www.HealtheShareTN.com. To learn how Qsource can help you evaluate Direct for your healthcare organization, call (866) 514-8595.

About the Office of eHealth

The mission of the Tennessee Office of eHealth Initiatives (OeHI) is to facilitate improvements in Tennessee's health care quality, safety, transparency, efficiency, and cost effectiveness through statewide adoption and use of electronic health records (EHR) and health information exchange (HIE). OeHI received grant funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) to support this Direct Project and other projects to implement secure health information exchange. Through these stimulus funds, ARRA enables Tennessee the opportunity to advance the secure exchange of health information and to expand the adoption and Meaningful Use of EHRs and HIE. For more information, please visit http://www.tn.gov/ehealth/.

About Qsource

Qsource is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) healthcare quality improvement and information technology consultancy headquartered in Tennessee since 1973. Qsource provides a wide range of expert services to assist organizations and providers in improving healthcare quality and delivery with better patient outcomes and cost savings. Qsource consulting services are offered through our Divisions/Subsidiaries/Affiliates, Tools & Resources, and associates staffing offices in Memphis, Nashville and Knoxville, Tenn., as well as Little Rock, Ark. For more information, please visit www.qsource.org.

SOURCE: BUSINESS WIRE

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Monday
Jan202014

Dr. Kibbe chosen among the top 10 influencers in Health InfoSecurity

 To recognize leaders who are playing a critical role in shaping the way healthcare organizations approach information security and privacy, HealthcareInfoSecurity announces its second annual list of Influencers.

Each of these Influencers for 2014 has substantial impact in the world of health data security. Their influence ranges from shaping national health data security and privacy regulations to providing breach prevention and data protection insights.

Our selections include some of the nation's most recognized leaders in health information technology. But they also include a few individuals whose focus on security and privacy behind the scenes offers a role model for others.

Our editors chose these individuals because of the influence they've had over the last year, as well as the impact we expect them to have in 2014 and beyond. Our team of editors made the selections based on interviews with leaders and our news coverage throughout 2013. The Influencers are displayed in alphabetical order.

Read the enitre article here.

 

Sunday
Jan192014

DTO Board Member Girish Navani, on Why Titles Don’t Matter

This interview with Girish Navani, C.E.O. of eClinicalWorks, a provider of clinical information systems, was conducted and condensed by Adam Bryant.

Read entire article on the NY Times site by clicking here.

Thursday
Jan162014

MedAllies Goes National With Health Data Direct Messaging

Direct secure messaging service lets healthcare providers exchange information about patients, regardless of what EHR software sends the message.

Read more.

Wednesday
Jan152014

DataMotion Achieves DirectTrust.org/EHNAC Accreditation

Direct Trusted Agent Accreditation Launches DataMotion into Top Echelon of Health Information Service Providers Meeting the Highest Standards for Data Processing and Compliance with Security Infrastructure, Integrity and Trusted Identity Requirements

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Wednesday
Jan152014

MedAllies' triple accreditation from EHNAC-DirectTrust ensures exceptional standards of security for providers, patients, vendors 

MedAllies' triple accreditation from EHNAC-DirectTrust ensures exceptional standards of security for providers, patients, vendors 

 

DirectTrust/EHNAC accreditations certify adherence to data processing standards and compliance with security infrastructure, integrity and trusted identity requirements
FISHKILL, N.Y. January 15, 2014-- MedAllies, a provider of Direct services and a founding member of the Direct Project, announced today it has attained full accreditation with the Direct Trusted Agent Accreditation Program (DTAAP) in three areas. 

 

It achieved accreditation for Certificate Authority (CA), Registration Authority (RA) and Health Information Service Provider (HISP) from DirectTrust.org and the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC). Direct Trusted Agent accreditations recognize excellence in health data transactions, and ensure compliance with industry-established standards, HIPAA/HITECH regulations and the Direct Project.

 

"These accreditations signal to vendors and providers alike that MedAllies Direct provides a very high standard of privacy, security and trust-in-identity," explains David C. Kibbe, MD, CEO of DirectTrust. "This is an important assurance to its customers, but also to information trading partners who know they can trust and rely on MedAllies. That trust translates into cheaper, better, and faster Direct exchange across a national network of accredited Direct service providers," he says.
MedAllies has provided Direct services since the Direct Project's inception. MedAllies Direct Solutions focus on provider adoption and use of Electronic Health Records (EHR) systems for clinical workflow integration beyond the walls of their organizations over the MedAllies Direct Network. Developed to support the medical neighborhood, MedAllies Direct Solutions are tools to advance primary care models that emphasize care coordination and improved care transitions, and support patient-centered care. 

 

"Inadequate security and the ensuing lack of trust could derail interoperability efforts, and ultimately stall health care transformation. These three accreditations confirm that MedAllies is providing the security and trust assurances necessary for true interoperability," says Pete Palmer, CISSP, MedAllies' chief security officer. "They also show MedAllies' commitment to working with other accredited HISPs in the evolving DirectTrust federation."

  

Through the consultative review process, EHNAC evaluated MedAllies in areas of privacy, security and confidentiality; technical performance; business practices; and organizational resources as they relate to Directed exchange participants. In addition, EHNAC reviewed the organization's process of managing and transferring protected health information and determined the organization meets or exceeds all EHNAC criteria and industry standards. Through completion of the rigorous accreditation process, MedAllies demonstrates to its constituents adherence to strict standards and participation in the comprehensive, objective evaluation of its business.   

"Endorsed by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), the Direct Trusted Agent Accreditation Program ensures that organizations such as MedAllies establish and uphold a superior level of trust for their stakeholders," says Lee Barrett, executive director of EHNAC. "The need in the marketplace for guidance and accountability in health information exchange is undeniable, and we applaud MedAllies' commitment to the highest standards in privacy, security and confidentiality."

 

 

About MedAllies
MedAllies, founded in 2001, has extensive experience with EHR implementations and workflow redesign to improve clinical care. It provides unmatched expertise in interoperability, health information exchange and Direct services. As one of the ONC Direct Reference Implementation vendors, MedAllies has provided Direct services since the Direct Project's inception. MedAllies Direct Solutions builds on existing technology to achieve interoperability. It focuses on provider adoption and use of EHRs for clinical workflow integration beyond the walls of their organizations over the MedAllies Direct Network. Physicians use their current EHR systems, allowing information to flow across disparate EHR systems in a manner consistent with provider workflows. MedAllies Direct Solutions is a tool to advance primary care models that emphasize care coordination and improved care transitions, and support patient-centered care. To learn more, go to  www.medallies.com.

 

DirectTrust.org is a non-profit, competitively neutral, self-regulatory entity created by and for participants in the Direct community, including HISPs, CAs and RAs, doctors, patients and vendors, and supports both provider-to-provider as well as patient-to-provider Direct exchange. The goal of DirectTrust.org 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.org is committed to fostering widespread public confidence in the Direct exchange of health information. To learn more, visit www.directtrust.org.

 

About EHNAC
The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC) is a voluntary, self-governing standards development organization (SDO) established to develop standard criteria and accredit organizations that electronically exchange healthcare data. These entities include electronic health networks, payers, financial services firms, health information exchanges, medical billers, outsourced services, e-prescribing solution providers and direct trusted agents.

 

EHNAC was founded in 1993 and is a tax-exempt 501(c)(6) nonprofit organization. Guided by peer evaluation, the EHNAC accreditation process promotes quality service, innovation, cooperation and open competition in healthcare. To learn more, visit www.ehnac.org or contact info@ehnac.org.Connect with EHNAC on Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn and Facebook.
Wednesday
Jan082014

Medfusion Partners with Secure Exchange Solutions for Secure Messaging- SES technology is now available to over eight million Medfusion users.

Rockville, MD (PRWEB) January 08, 2014

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Medfusion, a leading provider of patient engagement and practice efficiency software, has partnered with Secure Exchange Solutions (SES) to allow Medfusion clients utilizing secure messaging to transmit information to any Direct-enabled provider. The use of the SES Connect software suite will support Meaningful Use Stage 2 Transmit requirements for providers.

Medfusion, a driving force in the industry, helps medical practices improve practice efficiency and patient satisfaction by improving how patients communicate with their providers. Medfusion will utilize SES Connect software to further expand the reach of its patient and provider network, enabling Medfusion’s more than eight million patients to send secure communication across the Nationwide Health Information Network.

With integration of the SES Connect solution, Medfusion patient portal providers can quickly and securely send ambulatory or inpatient medical summaries outside of the Medfusion network. SES offers Medfusion providers Direct interoperability with other Electronic Health records (EHRs), Health Information Exchanges (HIEs) and Health Information Service Providers (HISPs).

“We are excited to be working with Medfusion, whose provider and patient solutions help medical practices improve their practice efficiency and manage cost pressures while supporting care coordination and patient engagement for millions of users nationwide,” said Dan Kazzaz, CEO of Secure Exchange Solutions. “By integrating SES Connect, Medfusion is expanding the patients’ ability to share information with physicians, which is an important step in improving outcomes.”

“For true patient engagement and full transparency throughout the industry, patients and providers on all platforms need to be able to easily communicate and our partnership with SES helps establish that capability,” said Steve Malik, CEO and chairman of Medfusion. “In addition, with the integration of the SES Connect solution, our portal now offers both complete and modular 2014 certification for View/Download/Transmit objectives outlined by Meaningful Use Stage 2, which will help providers receive government incentives.”

About Secure Exchange Solutions (SES)
Secure Exchange Solutions (SES) offers simple and scalable solutions for exchanging healthcare information securely and cost effective manner. As a Health Information Service Provider (HISP) and a committed member of the Direct Project, SES helps healthcare stakeholders meet the requirements for Meaningful Use. SES products expedite healthcare communications, improve quality of care, optimize care transitions, and reduce reliance on costly and complex communications. For more information, please visit http://www.secureexsolutions.com.

About Medfusion
Medfusion is dedicated to enhancing the relationship between patients and providers by redefining how they communicate with one another. We offer the ability to shift routine tasks online and to mobile platforms, improving practice efficiency and driving patient engagement, all while empowering providers to meet Meaningful Use Stage 2 requirements. Our solutions also optimize time and resources for practices, so healthcare providers can focus on what they do best—caring for their patients. Learn more at http://www.medfusion.com.

Friday
Dec132013

The DirectTrust Trust Bundle at Work

Kansas Health Information Network (KHIN) and SETHS-Operated Provider Health Information Exchange (SOPHIE) Launch Inter-State Exchange

Goliad, TX – December 13, 2013 - Kansas Health Information Network (KHIN) and SETHS-Operated Provider Health Information Exchange (SOPHIE) are pleased to announce the successful launch of inter-state Direct messaging capabilities, provided through their Health Information Service Providers (HISPs) ICA and Inpriva, respectively. The two HIEs successfully exchanged test messages on Monday, December 2, making them among the first in the country to achieve this capability across state lines.

“This success enables providers in Kansas and Texas to securely exchange patient health information said Laura McCrary Ed.D., Executive Director for KHIN.  Patients living in southwest Kansas often travel across the Oklahoma panhandle to Amarillo TX for health care.  The KHIN connection to SOPHIE will significantly improve provider communication between Kansas and Texas health care providers.  It is not unusual for Kansas patients living in rural communities to travel over three hours for health care.  This connection will ensure that their important medical records are available when they arrive in Amarillo.”

“This is another step that SOPHIE is taking to connect rural providers, so that patients can receive the best care regardless of where they live," said Shannon Calhoun, SETHS Executive Director. She added, "We know physicians can provide better care when they have access to better information. With Direct, they can have the information they need, when they need it." SOPHIE is a regional HIE serving the rural marketplace in Southeast Texas as well as the Texas Panhandle.

To participate in health information exchange using Direct, providers simply need a computer and an Internet connection.  Direct is secure healthcare-grade email, so most physicians require little or no training to begin using this technology to share information with other providers. Alesha R. Adamson, Principal for Pronoia Health, said, “Once the formal agreements were in place, it took less than a month to send our first test message and start signing up our hospitals. This is the kind of turn around we should come to expect for HIE. Leveraging standards-based, accredited solutions like Inpriva and ICA enabled our work to proceed very quickly.” Inpriva and ICA are both DTAAP-accredited (Direct Trust Agent Accredited Program) HISPS.

 

About Kansas Health Information Network (KHIN)

KHIN’s mission is to improve health care quality, coordination and efficiency through the exchange of health information at the point of care utilizing a secure electronic network provided by a collaboration of health care organizations. KHIN is a provider led 501(c)3.  It draws users from a broad geographical area and aligns with state data sources to support cost effective delivery of services. It supports and integrates with community and medical trading area efforts to drive care coordination and workflow changes creating a climate to encourage innovation. Its goals are to ensure providers, patients and communities have long-term access to cost effective, sustainable health information exchange aligned with costs distributed across a broad user base. It also encourages and removes barriers so communities and regions can focus on quality improvement, patient centered medical home and entrepreneurial strategies that effect local health outcomes.

About SETHS-Operated Provider Health Information Exchange (SOPHIE)

SOPHIE is a Texas HIE that was designed to serve rural markets. SOPHIE integrates hospitals, providers, pharmacies and labs for the purpose of meeting HIE requirements in a manner that preserves the local control and independence of all participants. A cost-effective Open Source standards based HIE core and Direct messaging solution, SOPHIE is designed to remove the implementation pain points away from the HIO, and ultimately enable providers to meet Meaningful Use. With the mission to help health organizations eliminate many of the problems commonly found in the rush to connect, we can be seen as a valuable partner for rural hospitals and providers in meeting meaningful use requirements. SOPHIE is maintained and operated by Pronoia Health, a Texas-based Healthcare IT firm.

 

Wednesday
Dec112013

Dr. Kibbe Speaks to Physicians About Direct Exchange in Interview

December 11, 2013 12:41 pm Sheri Porter – Family physicians have been front-line adopters of electronic health record (EHR) technology for the past decade, so it's no surprise that many FPs are ready, able and willing to push forward with the meaningful use (MU) of those EHRs as directed by CMS and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC).

David Kibbe, M.D.

With stage one of MU well underway and stage two poised to begin early in 2014, AAFP News Nowrecently sat down with family physician David Kibbe, M.D., of Oriental, N.C., to discuss a key component of stage two -- "direct exchange" of health information.

Kibbe is nationally recognized for his health information technology (IT) expertise. He is the president and CEO of the nonprofit organization DirectTrust and serves as a senior adviser to the AAFP on health IT issues.

Q. How would you define the term "direct exchange" for family physicians?

A. Direct exchange is just like regular e-mail, but with an added layer of security and trust-in-identity operating behind the scenes. This makes direct exchange of messages and attachments suitable for electronic sharing of personal health information. Put simply, this is a way for users of two separate EHR systems to send and receive information securely.

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act requires that the transfer of such information remain confidential at all times and across geographic and health IT vendor boundaries.

Q. How is direct exchange different from e-mail?

A. To engage in direct exchange, physicians need a direct e-mail address that looks something like this -- Bob.Jones@Direct.SmithvilleFamilyPractice.org -- that will be provided to them by their EHR vendor or the health information service provider that has partnered with the vendor. Direct e-mail users compose messages, attach files or documents, and send them to known direct addressees just as they would regular e-mail.

The difference is that direct e-mails are encrypted and signed before they go out onto the Internet.

Q. Explain how the direct exchange of health information relates to MU stage two, which is coming in 2014.

A. When used by providers and hospitals to transport and share qualifying clinical content, the combination of that content and direct exchange is now an integral component of MU stage two objectives and measures. For example, if a family physician refers a patient to a (sub)specialist and uses direct exchange to provide a clinical summary to the (sub)specialist, he or she will be able to attest to having met one of the stage two objectives for transitions of care.

Physicians attesting for MU stage one or two in 2014 must use an EHR that is capable of direct exchange and that meets the other certification requirements as directed by the ONC. This will mean a significant software upgrade for most physicians by mid-2014.

Q. What's the difference between health information exchange (HIE) requirements and direct HIE requirements as they relate to MU stage two?

A. MU stage one focused on data collection in EHR technology; stage two is all about exchange of that data. In other words, HIE becomes a verb. Many of the stage two objectives involve moving data and information from the EHR to some destination, such as a public health immunization repository or a cancer registry.

Q. What are the three most important points for physicians to understand when it comes to direct exchange of health information?

A. First, understand that direct exchange will be integrated into upgraded EHR technology for 2014, and EHRs must be certified as to this capability.

Second, physicians will be able to use secure direct exchange for a wide range of data and information communication needs with other physicians, health care professionals, patients and some payers. This can mean a significant reduction in a practice's paper, mail and fax correspondence with commensurate decreases in cost and mishandled care transitions.

Finally, physicians have some say in how their EHR vendors configure the direct exchange services. Costs of services will vary vendor to vendor, so physicians need to communicate with their vendors about these issues.

Q. How important is the patient engagement piece of MU stage two, and how difficult will it be for physicians to comply?

A. Patient engagement is a very important aspect of stage two MU, and it will pose challenges to some physicians in terms of compliance. For one thing, practices must have a Web-based patient portal to comply with "view, download and transmit" requirements. And the portal must be able to send -- via direct exchange -- certain health information documents, such as clinical summaries and visit notes, to patients who request this.

To meet the MU stage two patient engagement objective, patients must be able to view, download and transmit a summary-of-care record provided by the EHR technology to a third party of their choosing, and, importantly, 5 percent of patients must actually do this.

Q. Why should family physicians care about the electronic transfer of health information and secure messaging?

A. Aside from the requirements of stage two MU, family physicians care about continuity and coordination of care for their patients. Electronic messaging makes it easier for critically important health information to follow patients wherever they go in the patient-centered medical home neighborhood.

Q. What steps do physicians need to take now to prepare for MU stage two next year?

A. A couple of aspirin would be useful! Seriously, physicians should have already been preparing their practices for the new objectives and measures of stage two MU and working closely with their EHR vendors to manage the needed new features in their software to meet them. Remember, physicians who are not engaged in MU will face a 1 percent penalty in their Medicare payments starting in January 2015.

Q. What questions should physicians ask their EHR vendors related to direct exchange?

A. Here are several:

  • Has the new software version of the EHR for use in 2014 been fully certified for stage two MU, including for compliance with direct exchange?
  • When will the new software upgrade be available for installation? (Remember, attestation for three months of stage two MU requires installation of the upgraded software no later than July 2014.)
  • Is the EHR's health information service provider accredited by DirectTrust, as required by the ONC, to meet the needed security and trust-in-identity features?
  • What will direct integration for both "transitions of care" and for patient "view, download and transmit" measures cost the practice? 
  • How can physicians find the direct addresses of parties with whom they need to transfer information via direct exchange?

Q. Are there any red flags physicians should be aware of when assessing their own EHR systems and in working with vendors?

A. Indeed there are. One would be a delay in software upgrade installation availability beyond the first quarter of 2014. Another would be the inability of a software vendor to identify dates for both certification and accreditation of the direct exchange components of the upgraded version the practice will be using.

Q. How can the AAFP and other organizations help physicians work through this process?

A. Stage two MU is more complex than was stage one -- and by a long shot. We need to help our members prepare for a smooth transition to their upgraded software and help them avoid attestation problems during the first year of stage two MU, that is, during 2014.

Q. What's the most important takeaway point for family physicians?

A. Expect direct exchange to be part of your EHR's feature set in 2014, and be prepared to use direct exchange to the benefit of your practice and your patients.

 

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Monday
Dec022013

WEDI, EHNAC partner to accelerate HIE adoption through Direct

The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) and the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC) have partnered with DirectTrust.org to boost health information exchange through the adoption of Direct secure messaging.  As a compliment to the 2012 Direct Trusted Agent Accreditation Program (DTAAP), the organizations will work together to promote the standards-based program in order to engage health information service providers and increase the use of Direct technology ahead of Stage 2 of meaningful use.
“Since the launch of the Direct Trusted Agent Accreditation Program in 2012 and its subsequent endorsement by the ONC, we have been very encouraged by the positive response from healthcare stakeholders looking to ensure the privacy, security and trust of their information exchange,” says Lee Barrett, executive director, EHNAC. “EHNAC and DirectTrust are pleased to partner with such a well-respected institution as WEDI, and call on their expertise to help us to continue this momentum.”
While Direct represents a very basic level of HIE, it is also a very popular one, since it requires little more than an internet connection to connect providers with their peers and smooth transitions of care for patients with multiple providers or complex needs.  In Tennessee, for example, providers in rural areas have had great success connecting with specialists and hospitals through their secure email accounts, and have been able to build closer relationships with their trading partners through the system.
“Direct is saleable to rural settings that are trying to figure out how to create a health information exchange that could outreach to a broad spectrum of the community,” says Dawn FitzGerald, CEO of QSource, the state’s Regional Extension Center (REC).  “The true use cases occur in terms of identifying opportunities for better care transitions.  It’s not really the physician to physician communication.  It’s office manager to office manager or case manager to other care provider to assist in hand offs.  Those are really the scenarios that have been most effective from a community perspective.”
The partnership will help increase awareness of the value of Direct as well as expanding support and adoption of the Direct accreditation initiative. The groups hope to use the program to better align industry-wide technical standards for HIE with the larger goals of interoperability and data sharing inherent in healthcare reform and the EHR Incentive Programs.  “WEDI looks forward to collaborating with EHNAC and DirectTrust.org to raise awareness for health information exchange and educate the healthcare community in preparation for compliance with the Direct Project in early 2014,” explained Devin Jopp, WEDI president and CEO.

 

 

Thursday
Nov212013

EHR Accreditation Could Spur Doctors' Direct Messaging

DirectTrust is on track to accredit intermediaries used by nine EHR vendors that have the bulk of the EHR market.

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Secure clinical messaging via the Direct Project protocol is about to get a big boost from the leading EHR vendors. Health information service providers (HISPs), which relay Direct messages between providers, are starting to seek accreditation from DirectTrust, a nonprofit trade association. By the end of the year, DirectTrust will accredit HISPs owned by or partnered with nine EHR vendors that serve about 80% of the market, according to David Kibbe, MD, president and CEO of DirectTrust. Among these companies, he told InformationWeek Healthcare, are Allscripts, Athenahealth, Cerner, eClinicalWorks, Epic, Greenway, McKesson, NextGen, and Siemens.

Accreditation by DirectTrust is important because it allows HISPs to communicate with one another without signing separate agreements that verify each other's trustworthiness. When accredited HISPs used by different EHR vendors can exchange Direct messages, physicians who have those companies' EHRs can send secure messages -- including attachments such as clinical summaries -- to doctors who use disparate EHRs linked to accredited HISPs.

Until recently, HISPs were having difficulty exchanging messages because of the trust barrier. Last March, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) gave DirectTrust a grant to support its efforts in this area.

The major EHR vendors are jumping on the Direct bandwagon for one simple reason: They must include Direct messaging capability in their products to have them certified for use in Meaningful Use Stage 2, which begins Jan. 1. But their incorporation of Direct into their EHRs has ramifications that go far beyond Meaningful Use. In the long run, Direct might replace faxes in physician offices and hospitals, Kibbe says.

Meanwhile, DirectTrust is making rapid progress toward becoming the de facto national accreditation body for the HISPs, the regulatory authorities, and the certificate authorities that enable Direct messaging. The organization, which created its program in conjunction with the Electronic Health Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC), has accredited nine HISPs and expects 15 of the 20 HISPs now in the process of being tested for accreditation to obtain it by year's end.

Although doctors have not yet adopted Direct in large numbers, Kibbe notes that the nine original HISP members of Direct Trust had contracted with 650 healthcare organizations and had 1,400 individual Direct addresses as of last July. By September, the 16 HISPs that belonged to DirectTrust were serving 1,400 organizations with 45,000 addresses. Those numbers could double by the end of December, he tells us.

The accreditation of the EHR-based HISPs could lead to even faster growth in the use of Direct as physicians find that they can use it to communicate securely online with the majority of their colleagues and hospitals. Besides building a critical mass of Direct users at the local level, this system could also allow doctors to exchange secure messages with other doctors across the country, Kibbe pointed out.

Surescripts, which connects offices and pharmacies for electronic prescribing, is in the process of creating a national HISP that ties together health information exchanges (HIEs) and other HISPs, including some of those allied with EHR vendors. But Kibbe observes that some of the vendors in Surescripts' network are there by virtue of the fact that Surescripts is a DirectTrust-accredited HISP.

Epic, for example, uses several HISPs, including Surescripts, that are accredited or becoming accredited. NextGen also has multiple HISPs. Allscripts, in contrast, is partnered with just one HISP, and Cerner, Athenahealth, and eClinicalWorks have their own HISPs, he said.

Some statewide and regional health information exchanges (HIEs) that use Direct are seeking accreditation for their own HISPs; HIE vendors such as Orion, Covisint, and Medicity have also joined DirectTrust and are getting accredited, according to Kibbe. Whether or not providers belong to HIEs, he expects that most of them will use Direct to meet the information-sharing requirements of Meaningful Use Stage 2.

Kibbe also foresees the emergence of "patient" HISPs. He said a number of companies might soon begin offering consumers standalone personal health records (PHRs) that can receive information sent via Direct messaging by physicians, labs, and other providers. This would let patients store their records in one place without having to download information separately from the patient portals of multiple doctors, for example. Among the companies that are already moving in that direction are Box, Healthy Circles, and OneCare.

"There's some hesitation in the market because of what happened to Microsoft HealthVault, and Google Health," he concedes. "But this is a completely different ballgame."

Whether this is the model that succeeds or whether EHR vendors figure out how to use Direct to send records from multiple providers to their patient portals, there will be a need to verify the identities of patients, Kibbe noted. Although providers might be willing to send medical records to a patient's PHR, they'll want confirmation of a patient's identity before they receive records over the Internet.

Saturday
Oct262013

MRO’s ROI Online 2.2.0 Receives 2014 ONC HIT Certification

Certification supports hospitals’ efforts to meet Meaningful Use Stage 1 and Stage 2 criteria, qualifying them for incentive payments

KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa. – October 17, 2013MRO Corp., a leading provider of technology-driven disclosure management services and applications for healthcare organizations, announced today that ROI Online® 2.2.0, is compliant with the ONC 2014 Edition criteria and was certified as an EHR Module on October 9, 2013 by the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT®), an ONC-ACB, in accordance with the applicable Hospital (Inpatient) certification criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services.

The ONC 2014 Edition criteria support both Stage 1 and 2 Meaningful Use measures required to qualify eligible providers and hospitals for funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). 

“Stage 1 and 2 requirements put a lot of responsibility on hospitals to provide efficient means for patients to view, download and transmit their health information online,” says David Borden, CTO for MRO. “We are committed to offering our hospitals efficient disclosure management and health information exchange solutions that we believe enhance operations in addition to meet critical Meaningful Use requirements in 2014 and beyond.”

MRO’s ROI Online is a web-based solution that allows healthcare organizations to efficiently manage the disclosure of protected health information (PHI). MRO offers options to integrate their patient portal solution with the disclosure management platform, and it is through demonstrating the patient portal capabilities that MRO was able to meet 2014 Edition certification.

“Beginning in 2014, current Stage 1 Electronic Copy of Health Information and Electronic Copy of Discharge Instructions criteria will be replaced with the View, Download, and Transmit to a 3rd Party criterion,” explains Borden. “The criterion requires hospitals to provide online access to 50 percent of discharged patients within 36 hours, and five percent of patients must actually ‘view, download and transmit’ their information. We believe our certified platforms will provide clients with the ability to meet those measures.”

The ONC HIT Certification Program certifies that EHR Modules meet one or more of the 2014 Edition criteria approved by the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) for either eligible provider or hospital technology. Companies offering ONC HIT certified EHR modules may return to test additional ONC 2014 Edition criteria and certify their products as Complete EHRs later.

MRO plans to test additional criteria and furthermore become certified within the ambulatory domain, as well as to certify its HISP for Transitions of Care. ONC HIT certification updates will be available at www.cchit.org as they occur.  

 “As the demands on hospitals attesting meaningful use evolve, we will continue to seize opportunities to ensure our customers are compliant and receive the incentives they’ve worked hard to achieve,” adds Borden. 

ROI Online 2.2.0 meets the following certification criteria: 170.314(e)(1) View, Download, and Transmit to 3rd Party; 170.314(g)(1) Automated Numerator Recording; and 170.314(g)(4) Quality Management System.

“CCHIT congratulates companies successfully achieving EHR technology certification,” said Alisa Ray, executive director, CCHIT. “These companies are now able to make their products available to providers wishing to adopt health IT to demonstrate meaningful use and earn federal incentives.”

Additional software ROI Online 2.2.0 relied upon to demonstrate compliance includes: ABCpdf, HL7Connect and MRO’s HISP MRODirect™. ROI Online 2.2.0’s certification number is CC-2014-505110-1. ONC HIT certification conferred by CCHIT does not represent an endorsement of the certified EHR technology by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The additional types of costs that a hospital would pay to implement ROI Online 2.2.0 in order to attempt to meet meaningful use objectives and measures include: monthly service fees for the meaningful use attestation and patient portal modules, and one-time implementation and/or customization fees. Various pricing models are available for HISP and direct secure messaging services. 

About MRO Corp.

MRO, a leader in disclosure management and health information exchange (HIE), offers healthcare providers an enterprise-wide solution for the secure and compliant exchange of Protected Health Information (PHI). Through a proprietary disclosure management platform, MRO offers a combination of market expertise and technology-driven services to enable facilities to achieve a higher level of compliance oversight, mitigate risk and achieve meaningful use. The company offers a full range of solutions, spanning release-of-information (ROI), audit compliance and tracking, accounting of disclosures, meaningful use, and document management solutions. MRO also provides electronic HIE connections: esMD for CMS audits, patient and provider portals, and Social Security Administration (SSA) portals for disability determination. As a Health Information Service Provider (HISP), MRO features Direct Secure Messaging services for healthcare providers. For additional information, visit www.mrocorp.com.

About CCHIT
The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT®) is an independent, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with the public mission of accelerating the adoption of robust, interoperable health information technology. The Commission has been certifying electronic health record technology since 2006 and is authorized by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as a certification body (ONC-ACB). CCHIT is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as a certification body for the ONC HIT Certification Program for electronic health record (EHR) technology and accredited by the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP) of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) as an Accredited Testing Laboratory (ATL) to test EHRs. More information on CCHIT and its programs is available at http://cchit.org.

 About the ONC HIT Certification Program

The ONC HIT Certification Program, provided by the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT®)” as an Office of the National Coordinator – Authorized Certification Body (ONC-ACB), evaluates EHR technology that has been tested against criteria and standards adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS). This certification qualifies EHRs as capable of supporting achievement of meaningful use for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive programs authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). ONC HIT certification conferred by the Certification Commission does not represent an endorsement of the certified EHR technology by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

“CCHIT®” and “CCHIT Certified®” are registered trademarks of the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology. 

Press contact information:

Jennifer Jennings, Dodge Communications, (770) 576-2556 jjennings@dodgecommunications.com

Becky McLaughlin, MRO, (610) 994-7500, ext. 353 bmclaughlin@mrocorp.com