phiMail® Direct Messaging services receive re-accreditation as a DirectTrust Health Information Service Provider (HISP)
SAN DIEGO, Calif., Jan. 24, 2018 -- EMR Direct, a leading developer of software for secure health information exchange and provider of Direct Messaging, HL7® FHIR®, and identity services, has received full re-accreditation of its HISP services through the DirectTrust HISP Accreditation Program. DirectTrust accreditation has been widely adopted by the industry as the standard for the evaluation of Direct Messaging service providers and is a prerequisite to participation in the nationwide DirectTrust Network. EMR Direct’s HISP services and Interoperability Engine phiMail software were audited against a series of technical, physical, and operational criteria and found to be fully in compliance with the Direct Project standards and the requirements of the DirectTrust Security and Trust framework. "DirectTrust HISP accreditation certifies that an organization has established and upheld a superior level of trust for its stakeholders, which is a significant distinction, affirming EMR Direct's commitment to maintaining the highest standards in privacy, security and confidentiality," said DirectTrust President and CEO David C. Kibbe, MD, MBA.
EMR Direct received its initial HISP accreditation in 2014 during the first year of the DirectTrust-EHNAC DTAAP program and was one of the first two HISPs included in the launch of the DirectTrust Accredited Network in 2014 and the first HISP admitted to the DirectTrust Governmental Trust Bundle in 2016. Today, EMR Direct's network reaches over 1.5 million healthcare endpoints across the nation. "We're pleased that our continued accreditation translates to scalable, affordable interoperability for the thousands of healthcare organizations we service as customers," said Luis Maas, CTO of EMR Direct. Dr. Maas also serves as a Chair of the DirectTrust Security and Trust Compliance Workgroup. EMR Direct is also a fully DirectTrust-EHNAC accredited Registration Authority and Certification Authority.
EMR Direct's phiMail integration tools make it easy for developers to add Direct messaging to their products, enabling broad interoperability by solving the historically-expensive problem of securely transferring information between disparate vendors and healthcare systems. This ease of integration led to one in three vendors using the phiMail platform to certify for Direct-related criteria under the ONC 2014 Edition requirements. In addition, many vendors have already used EMR Direct software to certify for 2015 Edition Direct Messaging and/or Application Access APIs functionality—EMR Direct was itself the first certified 2015 Edition HISP. As alternatives to the easy custom integration options used by EMR Direct partners to enable Direct or HL7 FHIR, EMR Direct's HISP services can also be connected to XD-enabled EHRs or SMTP-capable applications, or as standalone browser-based applications using phiMail Web and HealthToGo® services.
Later this week, EMR Direct will be attending the HL7 FHIR connect-a-thon in New Orleans, Louisiana, where the team will use the HealthToGo client application and phiQuery™ FHIR services to interoperate with other vendors' FHIR client and server implementations to spearhead the use of trusted digital certificates in FHIR transaction authorizations, dramatically improving the scalability of FHIR queries. EMR Direct leadership has been instrumental in moving the needle on technical and policy initiatives such as this one, allowing healthcare organizations to make the most of their technology investments while improving data security.
About EMR Direct
EMR Direct is headquartered in San Diego, California, and provides Direct messaging HISP services, companion APIs for custom workflow integration, HL7 FHIR services, and, through its phiCert™ Certification Authority, the supporting public key infrastructure required for secure health information exchange. The phiMail Direct Messaging and phiQuery Application Access API platforms are easy to deploy, without requiring expensive, one-off, peer-to-peer interfaces. EMR Direct is committed to protecting patient privacy and data security, improving the quality and coordination of care, increasing productivity, and reducing costs.
About DirectTrust Accreditation Program for Health Information Service Providers
The Accreditation Program recognizes excellence in health data processing and transactions, and ensures compliance with industry-established standards, HIPAA regulations and the Direct Project. Launched in March 2010 as a part of the Nationwide Health Information Network, the Direct Project was created to specify a simple, secure, scalable, standards-based way for participants to send authenticated, encrypted health information directly to known, trusted recipients over the Internet.
DirectTrust participating organizations are evaluated in the areas of privacy, security and confidentiality; technical performance; business practices and organizational resources as they relate to Directed exchange participants. Additionally, their process of managing and transferring protected health information is assessed, and determined to meet or exceed all DirectTrust criteria and industry standards. Successful Accreditation Program completion demonstrates organizations' adherence to strict standards and participation in the comprehensive, objective evaluation of their business.
DirectTrust is a collaborative non-profit association of 121 health IT and health care provider organizations in support of secure, interoperable health information exchange via the Direct message protocols. The common goal of DirectTrust members is to establish and maintain a national, transparent Security and Trust Framework upon which trust relationships for exchange technology can be scaled and federated nationally.
Trademark notice: phiMail and HealthToGo are registered trademarks of EMR Direct. phiCert and phiQuery are trademarks of EMR Direct. HL7 and FHIR are registered trademarks of Health Level Seven International.