Two health information exchange organizations are embracing innovative but different approaches to promoting the use of the federally sponsored Direct messaging protocol.
The Pennsylvania eHealth Collaborative will pay health information service providers $250 for each healthcare provider they register, and through Aug. 15, the collaborative is offering a year's worth of free Direct messaging service to physicians and other healthcare providers who sign up.
"Many doctors and other healthcare providers still rely on fax machines and the mail to transmit patient records and other health information," said Robert Torres, Pennsylvania's health information technology coordinator, in a news release about the incentive program. "Depending on their needs, Direct can be a solution or a first step toward more robust and advanced types of health information exchange."
Tennessee announced recently that its state health information organization was winding down its operations in favor of promoting the Direct messaging protocol.