Utilizing NC DIRECT allows physicians to provide more coordinated care to patients while maintaining security and confidentiality. NC DIRECT can be used for referrals, care transitions, public health reporting, and exchanging sensitive information, including Protected Health Information (PHI). NC DIRECT also provides access to a secure email web portal, secure mail and user-subscribed notifications, and the ability to send Continuity of Care Documents (CCD) to appropriate parties.
“This is an important milestone in our journey to achieve secure health information exchange, and it means that health care providers, large and small, will have an early option for electronic exchange of information supporting their most basic and frequently-needed uses,” said Dr. David Blumenthal, MD, MPP, former national coordinator for health information technology.
NC DIRECT is part of a larger health information exchange effort called “The Direct Project,” lead by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC).