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Coalition of States, ONC & SAMHSA Successfully Piloted Behavioral Health Data Exchange

John Rancourt | June 27, 2014

A coalition of states, in partnership with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, successfully completed a pilot project for the interstate exchange of electronic behavioral health data using Direct. This activity illuminated some of the real challenges with using Direct, both technical and operational, but ultimately demonstrated that such exchanges can be performed.

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New Direct Implementation Guide Will Support Interoperability

Claudia Williams |

Today, ONC is releasing Direct Implementation Guidelines for Assuring Security and Interoperability, recommending a common set of policies and practices to ensure Direct is being implemented in a way that will support vendor-to-vendor exchange and interoperability across geographic, organizational and vendor-related boundaries.
The Direct Project specifications offer a universal exchange mechanism for Meaningful Use Stage 2 to support care coordination among providers and with patients.

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Extending the Value of the Direct Project in Arkansas

Erica Galvez | September 27, 2012

Arkansas is rapidly becoming a leader in health information exchange. Since launching their statewide secure messaging tool (SHARE) in January 2012, Arkansas’s Office of Health Information Technology (OHIT) has registered more than 2,100 clinical and administrative staff to use it, with another 3,000 in queue to be fully on-boarded. SHARE uses the national standard for secure health information transport developed by ONC’s Direct Project. For a rural state that started their State HIE Cooperative Agreement with no existing exchange infrastructure and limited electronic health record (EHR) adoption,

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