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EMR Direct HealthToGo a Phase 1 Winner of HHS Move Health Data Forward Challenge

New Framework Facilitates Secure, Consumer-Mediated Exchange of Personal Health Data

SAN DIEGO, November 2, 2016 -- EMR Direct, a leading developer of software for the secure exchange of health information over the Internet, today announced that its HealthToGo™ software is a Phase 1 winner of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) Move Health Data Forward Challenge. Winners proposed solutions that allow consumers to easily and securely share their personal health information with their health care providers, family members or other caregivers using application programming interfaces (APIs).

EMR Direct has an established track record of making it easy to enable broad healthcare interoperability and of contributing to the development and active use of Healthcare IT interoperability standards. The HealthToGo solution provides a patient-side service for use with Application Access APIs, a new requirement in the ONC 2015 Edition certification criteria. EMR Direct’s Application Access and Direct Messaging integration tools are available to Health IT developers seeking ONC 2015 Edition certification. One in three vendors certified for Direct Project-related criteria under the current ONC 2014 Edition requirements has integrated EMR Direct software into their products.

During Phase 2 of the challenge, EMR Direct will prototype its proposed solution within the company’s HealthToGo client application, which leverages open APIs such as the HL7® FHIR® standard to help patients manage access to their health data.

The Move Health Data Forward Challenge builds on ONC’s work with the Health Relationship Trust (HEART) Workgroup’s security, privacy, and health information technology stakeholders collaborating to develop a set of data access authorization specifications. These efforts are part of a larger community-driven movement toward helping individuals and clinicians benefit from the full potential of health information technology.

About EMR Direct

EMR Direct is a privately-held company headquartered in San Diego, California, that provides Direct Messaging HISP services, companion APIs, and, through its phiCert Certification Authority, the supporting public key infrastructure (PKI) required for secure health information exchange. With the goal of simplifying interoperability and enabling custom workflows, EMR Direct’s software is easy to deploy and does not require expensive, one-off, peer-to-peer interfaces. EMR Direct is committed to protecting patient privacy, improving the quality and coordination of care, increasing productivity, and reducing costs.

Trademark Notice: phiMail is a registered trademark and HealthToGo and phiQuery are trademarks of EMR Direct. HL7 and FHIR are registered trademarks of Health Level Seven International.