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CHIME, DirectTrust Collaborate for Health Data Exchange

The two healthcare organizations will promote the DirectTrust health data exchange framework as the common interface for data exchange across the country.

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By Kate Monica

- The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) and DirectTrust announced today a collaboration to promote the deployment of the DirectTrust framework and health information exchange as the common interface for nationwide health data exchange.

The two organizations will also work to ensure secure, interoperable health data exchange using the Direct standard is available at every location in the healthcare system where patient data exists or is needed. The collaboration will involve making Direct exchange available in hospitals, medical practices, pharmacies, labs, long-term care facilities, payers, insurers, health departments, and apps.

Currently, CHIME’s membership exceeds 2,400 CIO members and 150 health IT companies. DirectTrust facilitates exchange at over 100,000 healthcare organizations and over 250 ONC-certified EHR systems.

 “Our members strongly support the further development of a standards-based national platform to safely and securely exchange patient data,” said CHIME CEO and President Russell P. Branzell. “DirectTrust offers an infrastructure that goes hand in hand with our goals to assist and lead where needed to improve patient care, engage patients in their health and reduce patient safety incidents. 

“The National Patient ID Challenge, which we launched to accurately and safely identify patients no matter what the healthcare setting, is a perfect example of these needs that require a strong national exchange infrastructure,” he continued. “Having these two elements in place will go far toward offering high-quality, timely patient care anytime, anywhere in the U.S. We look forward to working with DirectTrust to make this a reality.”

DirectTrust is currently the largest standards-based network for health data exchange with more than 1.5 million send and receive endpoints.

“There is great potential in our new collaboration to further standardize and simplify health information exchange interfaces on a national basis for an expanded variety of use cases,” said DirectTrust CEO and President David C. Kibbe, MD. The value of a simple and secure means of exchange that can be relied upon everywhere for the exchange of health data and information is a necessary step forward in attaining the goals of national health IT interoperability consistent with existing national policy.”

The collaboration between CHIME and DirectTrust aims to improve care coordination at healthcare facilities across the country.

“As CIOs, we constantly are assessing what gaps need to be filled to meet current and future technological demands in our health systems,” said CHIME Board Chair Liz Johnson. “We welcome the opportunity to add our perspective as these exchange networks mature and expand nationally.”     

Earlier this month, DirectTrust released a white paper with HL7 proposing ways Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) and Direct standards can work in tandem to achieve improvements in health data exchange and interoperability.

The white paper aimed to position Direct and FHIR as complementary health IT standards capable of further improving standardization in healthcare when used together.  



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