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The Direct Project
What it is
 
The Direct Project, launched in March 2010, is developing standards and services to improve the transport of health information. Today, communication of health information among healthcare organizations, providers and patients is most often achieved by sending paper through the mail or by fax. The Direct Project will enable secure, direct health information exchange, and a more local and less complex transfer among trusted providers in support of stage 1 of Meaningful Use incentive requirements. For example, a primary care provider sending a referral to a local specialist electronically, or a physician requesting lab tests electronically. To learn more, scroll down to the resource section.

What it means to Oregon
 
Messaging services provide a way for all providers to exchange health information across organizational and geographic boundaries: a private and secure email network for health care. Oregon’s messaging services will be implemented using the Direct Project, which specifies a simple, secure, scalable, standards-based transportation mechanism that enables participants to send encrypted health information directly to known, trusted recipients over the Internet. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the White House have endorsed the Direct Project as a mechanism for rapid innovation in achieving nationwide health information exchange.To learn more, scroll down to the resource section.

Why it is important
 
The Direct Project will expand the existing National Health Information Network (NHIN) standards and services to enable the simple, direct, and secure transport of health information between health care providers. To learn more, scroll down to the resource section.

Resources
Use these resources to learn more about The Direct Project.
 
   ● ONC Announcing The Direct Project Pilots (YouTube)  
   ● Webinar Materials 
   ●An Overview 
   ●Short Data Sheet
   ●Pilot Summary
   ●The Direct Project Website 
   ●The Direct Project's Implementation Group wiki