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MedAllies CEO A. John Blair III, MD, elected DirectTrust chair
Date:4/30/2013

FISHKILL, N.Y., April 30, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- MedAllies CEO A. John Blair III , MD, has been elected chair of DirectTrust.org, Inc., an independent association created by and for participants in the Direct community and dedicated to secure health information exchange (HIE) between providers and patients.

Direct, a national effort to fast-track electronic information exchange, benefits physicians and patients by improving the transport of health information across different electronic health record (EHR) systems.

"With the advent of the federal standards and incentives for interoperability, we have a new-found opportunity to significantly accelerate information sharing across health care settings," Blair said. But, he warned, "there are gaps related to trust and security. DirectTrust tackles those issues head on. We are moving rapidly toward closing those gaps before they stall the interoperability momentum created by the work of ONC and CMS."

Blair identified three primary goals he has for DirectTrust:

  1. Develop a self-sustaining national accreditation program.[1]
  2. Create an efficient and effective trust anchor bundle-sharing program. (Within Direct, messages are transported between trusted parties. The technical expression of a trust relationship is the exchange of trusted anchor certificates, or trust anchors.[2] Trust bundles are a collection of trust anchors.[3])
  3. Craft an agreement that binds participating Direct health internet service providers (HISPs) to the accreditation process and precludes the need for separate, one-off agreements.

Blair was among the Direct pioneers who helped develop and assemble consensus standards that support secure exchange of basic clinical information and public health data.

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