Get Rid of Your Fax! Grant Available to Enable Agencies to Send Health Info Securely Via Email
Today, sharing health information among healthcare organizations, providers and patients is done primarily by mail or fax. However, new technologies exist that would keep agencies HIPAA-compliant while reducing paper use and cost and increasing efficiency.
Pennsylvania has received a grant from the federal government to encourage the widespread adoption of health information technology (HIT) through DIRECT Messaging. DIRECT is a form of secure email that provides the standards and services necessary to securely push content from a sender to a receiver. DIRECT benefits patients and providers by improving the sharing of health information, making it faster, more secure and less expensive. It is also a first step towards the adoption of more robust forms of health information exchange.
The Pennsylvania eHealth Collaborative has made grant funding available to certified Health Information Service Providers (HISPs) across Pennsylvania to provide agencies and other healthcare providers with DIRECT email FREE for one year. The deadline to apply for the free year of DIRECT messaging is Oct. 31.
Click here for more information about DIRECT messaging, including a webinar with more information on the program, a list of certified HISPs and grant application materials.