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MedAllies Selected to Participate in ONC’s Clinical Data Direct Project

Innovative HIT initiative will fast track electronic information exchange; demonstrations scheduled throughout HIMSS11 Conference

FISHKILL, N.Y. Feb. 14, 2011 New York

Earlier this month, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT announced the launch of the first of several pilots for the Direct Project, which calls for cooperative efforts by organizations in the health care and information technology sectors.

The Hudson Valley has been selected as one of seven pilot sites slated to go live this year. MedAllies, which is working with multiple health IT vendors, was specifically mentioned during the recent White House press conference announcing the program.

MedAllies has fully engaged clinicians throughout the Hudson Valley and their disparate EHR vendor partners to create a Direct Project that will push critical clinical information across EHR systems to support care coordination and transitions of care, in a manner that is completely consistent with the clinicians’ established EHR workflows. The project will focus on common care transition episodes:

  • patient discharge from hospital back to their primary care physician; and
  • a consultation request from a PCP to a specialist, then the clinical consultation from the specialist back to the PCP.


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The demonstrations at the HIMSS11 Conference will showcase the technological capabilities of its Direct Project over four days of the conference, with live demonstrations that include all its vendor partners. MedAllies will also offer interoperability demonstrations showcasing clinical examples of interoperability capabilities and use cases showing the secure transfer of patient clinical data from one provider to another. A video demonstration of the MedAllies Direct Project will also be presented in the Office of the National Coordinator showcase area.

A. John Blair III

Direct Project, a public/private collaborative, is an effort to find a simple, secure, scalable, standards-based way for participants to send authenticated, encrypted health information directly to known, trusted recipients via the Internet.

David Blumenthal

Resources to learn more about Direct Project initiatives:

Direct Project website

Direct Project’s Implementation Group home page (wiki)

ONC Health IT Buzz blog post on launch

Direct Project media coverage

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