What is Direct Messaging?
Direct messaging is a way to securely send health information over the internet. Also known as Direct Exchange, this protocol allows for simple, HIPAA-compliant, encrypted transmission of Protected Health Information to or from any Direct address. Orders, records, results, and any other documents can be easily and securely transmitted. Better than faxing, there is no loss of quality during transmission, and confirmation of delivery is included. The patent pending EMR Direct™ technology in our software makes it even easier than faxing. Just enter your recipient's "Direct address" or look it up on our provider directory (coming soon). More information is available at the Direct Project site.
How does it work?
Our software makes Direct messaging look and feel like regular email, but much more is taking place behind the scenes,
to give Sender and Recipient confidence that the message is private only to them.
Each Direct address consists of a private digital security key and password, and a corresponding public key. A Sender composes an encrypted message for an intended Recipient. Only the Recipient can decrypt the message. Additional required steps assure the Recipient that the message was not altered during its transfer, and let the Sender know the message was received successfully. Direct messaging service providers, often referred to as HISPs, follow a common Direct standard and use compatible digital credentials, in order to interoperate with each other.
How do I get started?
We are currently accepting account applications from healthcare professionals for our 90-day free trial, after which annual subscriptions may be purchased. We will provide you with the necessary software and digital certificates to get started. Our phiMail™ software runs on just about any system, is easy to install and use, and will get you up and running with Direct messaging in no time. Once you've tried it, we're sure you'll never go back to faxing! Get a phiMail™ Direct address