Tuesday
Jul222014

Q&A: DirectTrust CEO David Kibbe, M.D., on future of Direct exchange

Friday
Jul112014

Direct Enablement of Patient and Consumer Health Applications: the Last Mile

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Dr. David Kibbe 
President and CEO 
DirectTrust

David KibbeDr. Kibbe currently serves as the President and CEO of DirectTrust, a non-profit industry alliance that recently received a Cooperative Agreement Award from ONC as part of the Exemplar HIE Governance Program.  DirectTrust serves as a forum and governance body for persons and entities engaged in Directed 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 Directed health information exchange, including Health Internet Service Providers, Certificate Authorities, and Registration Authorities.

What is DirectTrust and how can it benefit patients?

DirectTrust is a non-profit alliance of 130+ Direct exchange providers and supporters of secure Direct messaging, for both providers and patients, including members who are EHRs, Health ISPs (HISPs), PHRs, patient portals, connectivity firms, large multi-specialty health care organizations, federal agencies, and state and local HIEs.   The goal of these entities is to make Direct exchange secure, affordable, and easy to use anywhere there is a connection to the Internet, and to make Direct useful to improve transitions of care and patients' engagement in their own health and health care.

Patients and consumers can benefit from the policies and governance of DirectTrust, as these make it easier for patients to access and move their own health information how and where they see fit.  The difficulty that patients have always experienced -- until Direct -- was how to get their data and information out of their doctors' and hospitals' EHRs and into applications of their own choosing.  This is what proved to be the Achilles heel of Google Health, and of so many other first generation PHRs. Direct addresses this limitation, making health data able to move on the patient's behalf, wherever the patient goes in the health care system.

How can patients find out if their providers allow the use of DirectTrust for secure messaging?

They need to ask "got Direct?" Patients and consumers need to ask a few simple questions, such as: will you help me set up a Direct email account and address? Providers who want their patients engaged and empowered will guide their patients in the best uses of Direct exchange.  And:  Is your EHR and is my PHR DirectTrust accredited?  It's transparent and public information.  If the answer is "yes," then you know your Direct provider has access to a very large national network of Direct health information exchangers, and is being held to a very high standard of privacy,  security, and identity controls.  

What would a patient need to do to set up secure email with their provider?

Every certified EHR is required to offer patients and consumers the ability to "view, download, and transmit to a third party of their choosing" the patient's own health information.   However, not all providers will offer their patients Direct accounts and addresses.  You have to ask, and you have to look for Direct-enabled web-based applications, such as PHRs and patient engagement platforms who are DirectTrust members. The resources for patients are only now beginning to be built out, but the number of Direct-enabled PHRs is growing with the expected demand. 

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Wednesday
Jun182014

Pharmacists Recognize DirectTrust Members for Data Sharing Capability

Tuesday
May202014

Direct Trust at FDASIA Health IT Public Workshop

Thursday
May082014

Hospitals and Physicians Face Challenges with Stage 2 Meaningful Use

Katie Sullivan, MA
Only 50 physicians and 4 hospitals that enrolled in the federal electronic health record (EHR) incentive payment program have reported achieving Stage 2 meaningful use of EHRs. Officials from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) said that due to these low numbers, many participating practitioners who did not achieve Stage 2 risk having their Medicare reimbursement payments lowered at the end of 2014.

Hospitals that completed 2 to 3 years of meaningful use at Stage 1 advanced into Stage 2 beginning on October 1, 2013. Participating hospitals must achieve 90 consecutive days of Stage 2 meaningful use during 2014, or they will face a 1% rate reduction in their Medicare payments. Physicians and other providers will have until the end of 2014 to advance to Stage 2, but many have voiced concern as to whether they have the same capabilities as hospitals to make the transition.

“I don’t find meaningful use to be very meaningful. I find it to be aggravating and time-consuming, and sometimes a flat-out waste of time I could be using for continuing education, teaching, or otherwise honing my skills. I find that many things that I end up having to document are unnecessary and not relevant for a dermatology practice,” said Doris Day, MD, clinical associate professor of dermatology at NYU Langone Medical Center.

Despite concerns, policy advocates said that effective use of EHRs is important to improve the quality of patient care and office workflows. Some physicians maintain that meaningful use requirements, while beneficial, can infringe on time that should be spent treating patients. The HHS Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health Information Technology suggested that they understand the importance of stakeholder input, recently announcing that they would be making changes to EHR certification in 2015.

“The proposed 2015 Edition EHR certification criteria reflect ONC’s commitment to incrementally improving interoperability and efficiently responding to stakeholder feedback,” said Karen DeSalvo, MD, MPH, national coordinator for health IT. “We will continue to focus on setting policy and adopting standards that make it possible for healthcare providers to safely and securely exchange electronic health information and for patients to become an integral part of their care team.”

 

Monday
May052014

DirectTrust supports 4,000 orgs and 200,000 users for info exchange

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Saturday
May032014

DirectTrust's comments submitted to the ONC in response to the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) Voluntary 2015 Edition Electronic Health Record (EHR) Certification Criteria; Interoperability Updates and Regulatory Improvements.

Thursday
May012014

DirectTrust Network Expands 2,000%, Now Serves Nearly 200,000

DirectTrust Network Expands 2,000%, Now Serves Nearly 200,000 (via PRWeb)

DirectTrust has expanded its trusted, national network to include 26 Direct exchange health information service providers (HISPs), and began large-scale interoperability testing to ensure continued reliability. These HISPs now provide Direct exchange…

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.

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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.

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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.

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