JACKSON, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
Tennessee Healthcare (WTH) is the first comprehensive healthcare
system in Tennessee to participate in the Health
eShare Direct Project that integrated Direct secure messaging
technology within its electronic health record (EHR).The Health eShare
Direct Project is a new initiative that helps healthcare providers
safely and securely share electronic health information.
The Health eShare Direct Project is spearheaded by the Tennessee
Office of eHealth Initiatives (OeHI) and the Tennessee
Regional Extension Center ( tnREC), a division of Qsource.
Qsource works with healthcare providers to familiarize them with Direct
technology, a secure email-like service that will be the infrastructure
that facilitates health information exchange (HIE) in Tennessee.
Providers who register for a Direct email address can securely send and
receive messages containing patient health information to each other
and, in the near future, to patients.
“We are eager to begin establishing relationships with community
providers to more effectively and securely share health information,”
said Jeff Frieling, VP and CIO of WTH. “One of the biggest benefits of
this technology is to transmit patient discharge information and
follow-up information for patients discharged from one of our hospitals
to other entities such as home health agencies, nursing homes, primary
care doctors. Direct is a much more effective tool than the traditional
secured mechanisms we’ve used in the past such as mail and FAX. We’re
excited to be part of the Health eShare Direct Project, and we are
encouraging other providers to join us.”
“Having WTH as a partner in the Health eShare Direct Project will add
much-needed momentum to our efforts,” said Amanda King, Direct Project
Manager at Qsource. “We are working to improve patient care by bringing
more technology solutions to providers.”
Direct also helps healthcare providers meet federal standards, known as
Meaningful Use, for electronically sharing patient records. Starting in
2014, providers will need to demonstrate to the federal government that
they are effectively using electronic health records and securely
sharing patients’ health information with other providers. Direct is a
simple, affordable and secure way to satisfy these requirements by
allowing doctors access to various healthcare data sources and offering
data exchange at transitions of care.
“Once providers begin using Direct services to communicate and share
information, we hope they will be excited about how easy it is to use
and will quickly see the time and cost-saving benefits,” said King.
Those interested in learning more about Direct should visit www.HealtheShareTN.com
or call Qsource at (866) 514-8595.
About the Office of eHealth
The mission of the Tennessee Office of eHealth Initiatives (OeHI) is to
facilitate improvements in Tennessee's healthcare quality, safety,
transparency, efficiency, and cost effectiveness through statewide
adoption and use of electronic health records (EHR) and health
information exchange (HIE). OeHI received grant funding from the
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) to support this
Direct Project and other projects to implement secure health information
exchange. Through these stimulus funds, ARRA enables Tennessee the
opportunity to advance the secure exchange of health information and to
expand the adoption and Meaningful Use of EHRs and HIE. For more
information, please visit http://www.tn.gov/ehealth/.
Qsource is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) healthcare quality improvement and
information technology consultancy headquartered in Tennessee since
1973. Qsource provides a wide range of expert services to assist
organizations and providers in improving healthcare quality and delivery
with better patient outcomes and cost savings. Qsource consulting
services are offered through our Divisions/Subsidiaries/Affiliates,
Tools & Resources, and associates staffing offices in Memphis, Nashville
and Knoxville, Tenn., as well as Little Rock, Ark. For more information,
please visit www.qsource.org.
Andrea Gillotte, 615-574-7203