The Exchange of Direct Secure Messages Eclipses Two Billion. And Counting!

Direct Secure Messaging
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Earlier this year, DirectTrust announced that from 2014 to 2020, over two billion Direct Secure Messages have been exchanged – each representing informed patient care.

Providers use Direct Secure Messaging when sending data to a specific digital recipient. Used for provider-to-provider communications, messaging between patients and providers, and even for public health reporting, Direct Secure Messaging is an effective way to increase interoperability among the various organizations in a patient’s continuum of care.

Additionally, Direct Secure Messaging is a trusted and highly secure method of transmitting electronic protected health information (ePHI) because the system uses authentication and advanced encryption protocols.

Over the years, Direct Messaging has become an increasing need for our industry. Fast forward to 2021, and the ability to have a secure, encrypted, trusted, and interoperable exchange of messaging has become critical as we continue to adjust to safety measures and new systems brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to DirectTrust, it took five and a half years for the number of Direct Secure Messages exchanged to hit the one billion mark and just 18 months to surpass two billion. “This milestone illustrates interoperability of electronic health information is here and continuing to gain traction as a means to facilitate better coordinated patient care,” said DirectTrust president and CEO Scott Stuewe. Consensus is proud to be a contributor to this growth of secure healthcare data exchange, through our comprehensive healthcare data sharing solution that enables care teams to send, receive, and process secure Direct messages. With Consensus Unite, healthcare organizations not only utilize Direct messaging but can also connect with exchange networks for patient query and easily share data with other providers’ EHRs – resulting in better care coordination through interoperability, connectivity and compliance.

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