NASHVILLE, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
The Tennessee Office of eHealth Initiatives’ Health
eShare Direct Project has been the driving force in assisting more
than 4,000 healthcare professionals in Tennessee to embrace Direct
Technology. Direct facilitates secure health information exchange (HIE)
through the electronic transmission of patient health information,
closing the gap in healthcare communication by painting a full picture
of a patient’s healthcare status for all providers involved in the
continuum of care.
According to David C. Kibbe, MD MBA, senior advisor to the American
Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), DirectTrust
cofounder and CEO, the adoption of Direct messaging and creation of
meaningful use cases in Tennessee is among the most rapid he has seen.
In fact, according to the most recent data provided by DirectTrust to
the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
(ONC), Tennessee now represents nearly 5 percent of all Direct active
accounts established nationally.
Direct was initially piloted among the healthcare communities in
Chattanooga, Memphis and Hickman County this past spring. Under contract
with the TennesseeOffice
of eHealth Initiatives (OeHI), Qsource
utilized the lessons learned from the pilot program to expand Direct
statewide, beginning in June of this past year.
As an incentive for participation, OeHI provided incentives for up to
4,000 participants of $500 per Direct user account. Qsource was charged
with distributing those funds before January 31, 2014. The goal was
reached six weeks early.
“As the sponsor of the Direct Project in Tennessee, watching it grow and
succeed has been very satisfying, and it has truly expanded health
information exchange in Tennessee. I am grateful for the opportunity to
have worked side by side with Qsource who helped make this project such
a success,” said George Beckett, Health IT Coordinator for OeHI.
In Chattanooga, the Southeast Tennessee Area Agency on Aging and
Disability is participating in the Community-based Care Transitions
Program (CCTP). The agency is responsible for connecting the agency’s
high-risk clients who are discharged from the hospital inpatient care
settings with the community care, rehabilitation and ancillary services
that they need to recuperate, recover and avoid costly hospital
readmissions. Once enrolled in the pilot project, the agency began
receiving patient discharge notifications and relevant patient
information from clinical charts almost instantaneously with the use of
Direct Technology. The agency staff is able to reach out to patients,
usually within hours of their discharge. In nine short months, this
community has sent more than 2,000 Direct messages.
Healthstar Physicians, PC, is a multi-specialty physician group with a
support staff of more than 450 that serves 11 locations in four counties
in East TN. Direct Technology is assisting this large organization by
allowing it to securely exchange patient health information needed
between multiple transitions of care within its own organization. Since
implementing Direct in October 2013, the organization has sent more than
1,500 messages to support patient care.
Direct Technology is also a protocol used to achieve two of the measures
for information exchange required for providers and hospitals seeking to
maximize incentives for Stage 2 of the EHR Incentive Program. While the
funding for Direct is no longer available, the value of Direct continues
to grow, with more than 13,500 messages sent in Tennessee alone.
Beckett further stated, “I would like to take a moment to thank the
Qsource team for their hard work and dedication on the Direct Project.
With their dedicated assistance and leadership we were able to achieve
For more information about the Health eShare Direct Project visit www.HealtheShareTN.com.
To learn how Qsource can help you evaluate Direct for your healthcare
organization, call (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 health care 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