The Direct Project
Welcome to the Direct Project's Implementation Group home page (wiki).
For overview information on the Direct Project, please link to the
Direct Project Web site
Are you a HISP? Want to know more about other HISPs?
Participate in the Direct Project's
Presentations and information from the
ONC Direct Boot Camp 2.0
, which was held on 08/13-08/14/13 in Arlington, VA, is available.
Click here for information on the
Direct Scalable Trust Forum
rescheduled for 11/29-11/30/12
in Washington D.C.
John Hall announced as Direct Project Coordinator!
Read the blog post
The recording for the "Getting Started with Direct" webinar on June 20, 2011, can be found
Health IT Buzz
: Dr. David Blumenthal and Aneesh Chopra
New York Times
on the Direct Project
The Health Care Blog
on the Direct Project
To read articles about the Direct Project in the news, visit the
web site, then click "in the media"
S&I Data Access Framework Direct subgroup,
Direct implementors welcome. The
SWG requires a minimum of 5 organizations to support the sub workgroup
and the contact is Gayathri Jayawardena at ESAINC to join. Please register your interest by Friday, April 4, 2014.
Notice: Proposed Updates to the Applicability Statement v1.1
Updates to the Applicability Statement v1.1 are being proposed by the Implementation Geographies Workgroup in coordination with the Reference Implementation Workgroup. In addition to fixing minor errors and typos, the proposed updates to v1.1 of the Applicability Statement would improve interoperability by clarifying certain requirements in the document and in its underlying standards. If these updates are approved, the Applicability Statement will be advanced to v1.2.
A meeting was held with Direct Project participants Tuesday, July 21, 2015, to review and discuss the updates being proposed. You can find the materials from that meeting along with the proposed updates here:
Applicability Statement for Secure Health Transport v1.2
As of Tuesday, July 28, 2015, a call to consensus for Direct Project committed members regarding proposed updates to the Applicability Statement has been issued. Details are here:
Applicability Statement for Secure Health Transport - Call to Consensus on v1.2
What is the Direct Project?
The Direct Project develops specifications for a secure, scalable, standards-based way to establish universal health addressing and transport for participants (including providers, laboratories, hospitals, pharmacies and patients) to send encrypted health information directly to cryptographically validated recipients
over the Internet. The
Nationwide Health Information Network
is a set of standards, services and policies that enable secure health information exchange over the Internet. The project itself does not run health information exchange services. Several Federal agencies and healthcare organizations are already using Nationwide Health Information Network standards to exchange information amongst themselves and their partners. The Direct Project will expand the standards and service descriptions available to address the key Stage 1 requirements for Meaningful Use, and provide an easy "on-ramp" for a wide set of providers and organizations looking to adopt. At the conclusion of this project, there will be one nationwide exchange, consisting of the organizations that have come together in a common policy framework to implement the standards and services. This project is
, and as such, contains avenues for a broad range of public participation. See below for more information on participation.
Who is Direct?
Direct Project stakeholder members come from across the healthcare IT industry to make up the
Implementation Group Committed Organizations
The key deliverables of the project currently being developed by stakeholder members are standards and service definitions, implementation guides, reference implementations, and associated testing frameworks.
The project itself will not run health information exchange services.
Project members belong to the Direct Project Implementation Group (IG) and at least one of the following
orkgroups under the Direct Project:
takes recommendations of the Privacy and Security Tiger Team and creates a specific set of policy recommendations for the pilots, and during and subsequent to the pilots, monitors the policies to determine how effective and workable they are in the real world.
Workgroup Lead: David McCallie
provides clarity about what the Direct Project is and how it fits into the health information and transformation ecosystem. Key audiences include State HIEs, RECs, HIOs, health systems, providers, and the larger general health community and media.
Workgroup Lead: Rich Elmore
provides a powerful demonstration of cross-organizational continuity of care.
Workgroup Lead: Paul Tuten
creates a solid open-source reference implementation and associated libraries implementing the Direct Project specifications.
Workgroup Leads: Greg Meyer, Joe Shook
The policy direction for the Direct Project is defined in concert with the
Nationwide Health Information Network Workgroup
and the Privacy and Security Tiger Team underneath the
HIT Policy Committee
. Many of the core concepts for the Direct Project were first explored is a series of
by Wes Rishel and David McCallie. The Direct Project is coordinated by
with the guidance of the
Office of the National Coordinator
. See the
Direct Project FAQ
for more details.
When will Direct be implemented?
This site collects the
Specifications and Service Descriptions
for the Direct Project. These stories, specifications and service descriptions served as the basis for exploratory implementation work and pilot projects. Currently, operational pilot projects are already demonstrating simple, direct exchange, paving the way for widespread adoption through 2011. See the
page for more details.
How to get Involved
Keep me Informed
To be notified about significant events and announcements from the project, follow the
Direct Project blog
Join in community discussion in the
Direct Project discussion group
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How can I contribute?
To post on The Direct Project wiki simply
create a Wikispaces
account and request membership to the directproject.org wiki.
You can review the existing
suggestions for development
, and then jump into any of the discussions on each page.
Feel free to submit your own user story.
Refrain from defacement, abuse, commercial promotion, or other content that violates our
guidelines for community participation
Add my organization as an official Direct Project member
for information about submitting a statement of commitment, the first step to becoming a member organization of the Direct Project. We are currently developing New Participant webinars to help orient new users to the Direct Project, and assist organizations in implementing Direct Project specifications into their service offerings.
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