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WASHINGTON, Jan. 18, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — DirectTrust today announced continued strong growth in the number of health care organizations using DirectTrust interoperability services during 2017, as well as an upsurge in the number of DirectTrust addresses and message transactions nationwide. DirectTrust is a non-profit health care industry alliance created to support secure, identity-verified electronic exchanges of personal health information (PHI) between provider organizations, and between provider and patients, for the purpose of improved coordination of care.

According to year-end 2017 metrics, there were more than 167 million Direct message transactions between DirectTrust addresses in 2017, a significant increase over the 2016 total of 98 million transactions. There were more than 45 million Direct messages transmitted during the fourth quarter of 2017 alone.

The number of trusted DirectTrust addresses able to share PHI across the DirectTrust network increased 16% to nearly 1.6 million since the end of 2016.