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DirectTrust Selected for ONC Exemplar HIE Governance Program Award

DirectTrust will partner with the ONC to make advances in and further developments to the governance model for Directed exchange.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – March 30, 2013 – DirectTrust.org, Inc. (DirectTrust) has been awarded a cooperative agreement by the US Department of Health and Human Services Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) to participate in the Exemplar HIE Governance Program. DirectTrust will partner with ONC to develop and adopt policies, interoperability requirements and business practices that align with national priorities, overcome electronic health record (EHR) interoperability challenges, reduce implementation costs for providers and patients, and assure the privacy and security of health information exchange. “DirectTrust welcomes this opportunity for public-private sector collaboration in the interest of improving the quality of health care in America through secure, interoperable health information exchange,” says John Blair III, MD, Board Chair of DirectTrust, a non-profit industry alliance. “Several years from now, we will look back at this event as one of the catalysts for real EHR interoperability across this country.”

“The work that will be done by DirectTrust will be crucial in promoting good governance practices and enhancing the exchange of patients’ health information,” said ONC’s Claudia Williams, program director, State Health Information Exchange Program. “I encourage ONC grantees, vendors, providers and health information exchange initiatives to work closely with DirectTrust in an effort that will help to improve the care and health of patients.”

DirectTrust’s participation in the program will focus on the continued development of a national accreditation program for health information service providers (HISPs), certificate authorities (CAs), and registration authorities (RA) who act as trusted agents on behalf of users of Directed exchange. The accreditation program, launched in November 2012 in partnership with the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC), is targeted to achieve wide scale participation by the end of 2013, with all policy and procedure requirements for accreditation aligned with ONC guidance. In the near term, DirectTrust will work with ONC to implement the technical mechanism and process for trust anchor exchange to enable Directed exchange more easily across vendor boundaries, as well as to develop and implement a federated agreement among accredited participants that avoids the need for one to one legal agreements. Federal funds are the funding source for this grant.

About DirectTrust

DirectTrust is an independent non-profit trade association created by and for participants in the Direct community, our common goal being to establish and maintain a national Security and Trust Framework in support of Directed exchange. Members of DirectTrust now include over 40 representatives from Health Internet Service Providers (HISPs), Health Information Exchanges ( HIEs), Certificate Authorities (CAs), consultants, state agencies, and EHR vendors, as well as health care providers who are their purchasers and subscribers. DirectTrust is competitively neutral, and we welcome new participants. For more information on DirectTrust.org, as well as membership requirements and an application, please visit http://DirectTrust.org.

ONC, DirectTrust, and the EHR/HIE Interoperability Workgroup will host a media briefing to discuss the Exemplar HIE Government Program and the grant on Thursday, April 4, 2013, 12:00pm-1:00pm EST. The dial-in is 866-901-2585.

Press Contact Information:

David C. Kibbe, MD, MBA, DirectTrust.org, 913-205-7968 david.kibbe@DirectTrust.org

Alice Nyberg, Rhode Island Quality Institute, 401-276-9141x264 alice.nyberg@DirectTrust.org

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