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WASHINGTON, Aug. 15, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — DirectTrust today released eight use-case studies from five organizations demonstrating how secure messaging using Direct exchange is helping to enhance the coordination of health care throughout the country. The case studies range from hospitals and emergency departments using Direct to send messages at the time of discharge to Direct Interoperability facilitating referral management between primary care physicians and specialists. DirectTrust is a non-profit health care industry alliance created to support secure, identity-verified electronic exchanges of protected health information (PHI) between provider organizations, and between providers and patients, for the purpose of improved coordination of care.

“Direct interoperable exchange of health care information throughout communities has been steadily increasing over the past few years enabling significant enhancements to providers’ ability to impact safe, timely patient care,” said Holly Miller, MD, Chief Medical Officer at MedAllies, who also serves as co-chair of the DirectTrust Clinician’s Steering Workgroup which recently issued a request for case studies. “The Direct interoperable technology is working, however, these stories indicate that success requires strong leadership, change management and developing new workflows. Implementations may require inter-organizational planning and communication. Our hope is that other communities will learn from the success of these organizations.”