DirectTrust announced the launch of its Implementation Guide for Event Notifications via the Direct Standard, a Draft Standard for Trial Use (DSTU), to address the admission, discharge, and transfer (ADT) notifications from the CMS interoperability rule.

“The Event Notifications via Direct Implementation Guide is the shortest path to compliance with the CMS ADT Notifications Conditions of Participation, as it leverages existing Standards and implemented technologies,” Therasa Bell, Kno2 President and CTO, and chair of the DirectTrust IG for Notifications Consensus Body, said in a statement.

This implementation guide aims to help providers fulfill a CMS condition of participation that will require all hospitals to send outbound event notifications by May 2021.

All health facilities must send direct electronic notifications to a patient’s provider once the patient is admitted, discharged, or transferred from another facility.

“With Meaningful Use we saw every certified EHR since 2014 implement Direct Secure Messaging, and that fabric has been laid across the United States,” Bell continued. “The Directory has been established to utilize these connections, so there has never been a better time to meet technology where it’s at and take advantage of the tailwind the Direct Standard™ has already created. I am excited to see the use of Direct for Notifications take off and really make an impact in healthcare.”

The implementation guide will provide further context, such as message type and patient data, for providers in all direct secure messages. This may allow providers to handle the message properly once it is received.

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Author: Christopher Jason

Learn more: ADT Event Notifications – Kno2