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Data Innovation and Healthcare Interoperability: Civitas Networks for Health and DirectTrust

Data Innovation and Healthcare Interoperability: Civitas Networks for Health and DirectTrust

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I am excited to head to San Antonio for next week’s Civitas Networks for Health 2022 Annual Conference, a Collaboration with the DirectTrust Summit. Following on the 2021 merger of SHIEC and the NRHI to form the Civitas Networks for Health, the conference this year will join the Civitas and DirectTrust™ communities in a collaborative event. My colleagues and I are excited to meet others in the healthcare IT space, hear about industry pain points, and discuss how we can remedy tomorrow’s challenges today.

The Civitas Networks for Health membership consists of local, regional, and national healthcare information exchange networks whose mission is to facilitate the exchange of healthcare information amongst disparate endpoints within a healthcare ecosystem. As a conference sponsor with the same mission, DataMotion will be onsite to discuss our technology, how it has enabled healthcare organizations across the ecosystem to exchange clinical data in a secure manner, to ensure the privacy and confidentiality of that data.

Directing Toward Better Interoperability

Next week’s conference will convene industry thought leaders and recognized healthcare professionals from across the country. Interoperability and data sharing will be the focus of the dialogue, with a concentration on enabling the effective and efficient sharing of clinical data within the healthcare industry towards ensuring positive patient outcomes. These all happen to be areas of passion for both DataMotion and myself, personally.

In past entries to the DataMotion Blog, I’ve spoken to the critical element of interoperability, and how important it is for every type of healthcare organization to be able to not only securely transmit clinical data in a compliant manner, but to do so with ease. Whether these communications are between a provider, a payor, a community-based organization, or an organization within the life sciences sector, that execution must be as efficient as it is secure. The elements of efficiency and a frictionless experience are key to a number of enormous benefits, including cost savings and the increased potential for positive patient outcomes.

As an accredited HISP, DataMotion developed Direct Secure Messaging to enable organizations across the healthcare ecosystem to comply with Meaningful Use Stage 1. When Meaningful Use Stage 2 was introduced in 2012, the industry better understood the essential nature of not only the transmission itself, but also the role of the user experience. We didn’t know it at the time, but easily transmitting and receiving clinical information was going to prove critical. Fast forward to the COVID-19 pandemic, a massive pivot into touchless clinical communications caused a need for an incredibly high volume of secure data exchange. Additionally, the national infrastructure to facilitate the substantial volumes and instantaneous reporting requirements of healthcare providers and public health agencies was severely lacking. DataMotion responded to this gap by enabling the secure exchange of COVID-19 electronic case reporting (eCR) through our HISP. At the height of the Omicron variant in January 2022, our HISP was processing over 30,000 eCRs per hour. This incredibly large throughput speaks to the agility, connectivity, and scalability requirements HISPs must meet in order to adapt to the mission-critical requirements of a major public health crisis, powering the nationwide transmission of electronic case reporting.

Industry Pioneers and Thought Leaders

DataMotion embraces opportunities such as next week’s conference to further engage in thought leadership with our peers in these critically-important areas. As a secure exchange company with over 20 years of experience, and a founding member of DirectTrust, we remain committed to driving new use cases for Direct Secure Messaging and to the continued overall success of the protocol.

See you in San Antonio!

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