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DirectTrust CEO David Kibbe will step down from his role by the end of 2018, the organization announced. Kibbe helped establish DirectTrust in 2012 and grew the organization into an association of 121 health IT and provider organizations focused on improving secure health data exchange.

DirectTrust’s work has laid a foundation for the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement recently release by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT. The organization has launched a nationwide search for Kibbe’s successor.