Direct project heading in right direction

The Direct Project is the lightweight version of moving health data around between providers. While there’s been lots of fuss about NHIN, HIEs and data interoperability, the Direct project has sensibly been dumbed down enough so that it reminds everyone of email. Sure, it’s encrypted, standardized, blah blah, but it looks enough like email that it may just work. Today ONC announced that more or less every vendor has signed on, so that emailing medical records should soon be very common.

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  1. Good post!

    This is an important development because it will facilitate health record transfer for patients. If they can get the system to the point where the record files are kept by patients to ensure privacy, then this will enable sharing to occur industry-wide.

    Mark Cohen