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DirectTrust, the non-profit health information exchange entity, has announced that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is joining the association’s “accredited trust anchor bundle,” which allows VA personnel access to the full national network of 1.8 million Direct endpoints.

According to DirectTrust officials, participating in the trust anchor bundle means VA providers and staff will be able to engage in interoperable Direct messaging and exchange of patient information with thousands of their counterparts in community hospitals and clinics in all 50 states and U.S. territories, through the use of the providers’ EHRs (electronic health records).