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DIRECT Technology

What is DIRECT Technology?

Directed, or point-to-point, Health Information Exchange (HIE) relies on The DIRECT Project secure messaging protocol, which was created by a public-private consortium in 2010.

DIRECT technology is a transport solution for HIE and does not focus on the content being exchanged. Therefore, anything from simple text narratives to structured documents, such as transitions of care, lab results, or images can be exchanged using DIRECT.

Tennessee Health eShare DIRECT Project. Any private health care provider in the State of Tennessee interested in DIRECT Technology can visit the Tennessee Health eShare DIRECT Project website to find out basic information about DIRECT Technology and a list of vendors that are certified in the Trust Bundle with DirectTrust.org (DTO). The Health eShare DIRECT Project website is also where Tennessee providers can register their DIRECT address into the Tennessee DIRECT Directory. In order to be added to the Directory, the provider needs to have a HISP vendor included in the DTO Trust Bundle.

Tennessee eHealth Portal – DIRECT for State Agency Users. This Portal has been established to enable Tennessee State agency users to securely send and receive patient data to and from external healthcare providers and hospitals that have a DIRECT email address and to securely send and receive patient data internally, between State agencies and State agency users.