The Direct Project develops specifications for a secure, scalable, standards-based way to establish universal health addressing and transport for participants to send encrypted health information directly to known, trusted recipients over the Internet. The project itself does not run health information exchange services. Several federal agencies and healthcare organizations are already using the Nationwide Health Information Network, which is a set of standards, services, and policies that enable secure health information exchange over the Internet, to exchange information amongst themselves.
The Direct Project expands the standards and service descriptions available to address the key Stage 1 requirements for Meaningful Use and provides an easy “on-ramp” for a wide set of providers and organizations looking to adopt. At the end of the 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.