Tuesday, February 15, 2011

ONC Direct Project Collaboration Pilots

Let's hear it for NY'S MedAllies!

Seven pilots in total . sv

MedAllies has been tapped to be part of a national effort to fast track electronic information exchange, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT announced at the launch of the Direct Project. The Hudson Valley has been selected as one of seven pilot sites to go live in 2011, and MedAllies was specifically mentioned during a Feb. 2 White House press conference announcing the program. Direct Project, a public/private collaborative, is an effort is to find a simple, secure, scalable, standards-based way for participants to send authenticated, encrypted health information via the Internet. That capability supports Meaningful Use requirements. MedAllies anticipates providing a national network capable of supporting interoperability of all physicians using certified EHR systems by the end of 2011. It will demonstrate the technological capabilities at HIMSS next week. "This is an important milestone in our journey to achieve secure health information exchange, and it means that health care providers large and small will have an early option for electronic exchange of information supporting their most basic and frequently needed uses," said Dr. David Blumenthal, ONC chief

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