|DirectTrust Announces Implementation Guide for Event Notifications via the Direct Standard™|
|By GLOBE NEWSWIRE|
|Tuesday, 23 February 2021 04:15|
WASHINGTON, Feb. 23, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE)
WASHINGTON, Feb. 23, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- DirectTrust™ today announced the publication of the Implementation Guide (IG) for Event Notifications via the Direct Standard™, a Draft Standard for Trial Use (DSTU). DirectTrust is a non-profit healthcare industry alliance created to support secure, identity-verified electronic exchanges of protected health information (PHI) between provider organizations, and between providers and patients, for the purpose of improved coordination of care.
“The Event Notifications via Direct Implementation Guide is the shortest path to compliance with the CMS ADT Notifications Conditions of Participation, as it leverages existing Standards and implemented technologies,” stated Therasa Bell, Kno2 President and CTO, Chair of the DirectTrust IG for Notifications Consensus Body. “With Meaningful Use we saw every certified EHR since 2014 implement Direct Secure Messaging, and that fabric has been laid across the United States. The Directory has been established to utilize these connections, so there has never been a better time to meet technology where it’s at and take advantage of the tailwind the Direct Standard™ has already created. I am excited to see the use of Direct for Notifications take off and really make an impact in healthcare.”
The IG is intended for use by all parties involved in sending and receiving hospital patient status changes. It was created by a DirectTrust Standards Consensus Body to address the Admission, Discharge, and Transfer (ADT) Event Notifications of the CMS “Interoperability and Patient Access” rule. The CMS ADT requirement is a modification of the Conditions of Participation (CoPs) that requires hospitals to send electronic notifications of a patient’s admission, discharge, and/or transfer to another healthcare facility or to another community provider or practitioner. Hospitals are obligated to meet the new rule by May 1, 2021.
“Encouraged by the DirectTrust EHR Roundtable, the Consensus Body engaged in a robust collaborative effort to produce this IG, which ultimately was approved by unanimous consensus. Forty participants representing all potential actors and interested constituents, including technology vendors, providers and patients, convened weekly to produce this work,” said Scott Stuewe, DirectTrust President and CEO. “Participants are now eager to build and test their implementation of the IG into their compliant systems at the Adoptathon in April. We believe the attention paid to the workflow for receivers—like Primary Care, Specialist, Long-Term Post-Acute Care, or other patient-designated providers—will empower them to make informed decisions and positively impact patient care.”
DirectTrust will host a virtual Event Notifications Adoptathon on April 8, 2021 for organizations to participate in testing the specifications, and to identify improvements to the IG. To learn more and register, visit https://bit.ly/ENviaDirect21.
To access the Implementation Guide for Event Notifications via the Direct Standard™, as well as related resources, visit https://bit.ly/ENviaDirect.