DirectTrust Urges Physicians to Provide Feedback
- A recently released white paper lays out more than 50 recommendations for how health IT vendors can improve their products with secure electronic sharing of health care information.
- Some of the top-priority recommendations are delivery of messages in real time; inclusion of patient-specific attachments; and reconciliation of active patient medications, problems, allergies and immunizations.
- The paper was authored by a clinician steering workgroup within DirectTrust, a nonprofit association that is urging family physicians and other clinicians to read the paper and provide feedback to strengthen the recommendations.
- delivery of messages and attachments in real time rather than in prescheduled batches;
- triggering of messages automatically, initiated by specific events such as a patient's hospital discharge;
- inclusion of patient-specific attachments;
- reconciliation of active patient medications, problems, allergies and immunizations;
- automatic matching of incoming messages to patients for whom a record already exists in the recipient EHR; and
- support for a variety of attachment types, including Word files and PDFs, as well as image files such as JPGs and GIFs.