Kno2®, the company that enables interoperability at scale, is pleased to share that DirectTrust™ has named Therasa Bell, cofounder, president and chief technology officer, an Interoperability Hero for the organization’s inaugural award program.

DirectTrust is a non-profit healthcare industry alliance created to support secure, identity-verified electronic exchanges of protected health information (PHI) between provider organizations, and between providers and patients, for the purpose of improved coordination of care. The Interoperability Hero Initiative was established to recognize organizations, teams, and individuals advancing interoperability across the healthcare ecosystem.

Combining her passion for healthcare and extensive technology expertise, Therasa Bell created Kno2 as market forces began to drive more effective, lighter-weight healthcare solutions. As President and Chief Technology Officer, Bell is responsible for Kno2’s innovation, vision and engineering, and holds six patents for patient information exchange under the company. For more than a decade, Therasa has been a thought leader in the healthcare information technology field, serving as a co-chair or member of healthcare IT standards committees that influence national and international standards for sharing clinical information. Most recently leading the DirectTrust Consensus Body to address CMS Interoperability and Patient Access Rule new Conditions of Participation that requires mandatory notification for patient admission, discharge, and/or transfer (ADT).

“I am proud, yet humbled, to be named an Interoperability Hero by DirectTrust for my career in driving connectivity in healthcare so that meaningful exchange is a reality for all, from the smallest to the largest participant, said Therasa Bell, president and CTO at Kno2. “Kno2 has long been an advocate that Direct Secure Messaging has significant potential to solve many exchange challenges in healthcare and has the flexibility to expand beyond the initial Transition of Care (TOC) use case.  The work done around ADT event notifications including the opportunity to pass context gives major tailwind to innovating on the use of Direct Secure Messaging to solve for many other fax-burdened workflows today, and I am truly excited to see what the future holds!”

DirectTrust selected nominees to be an Interoperability Hero for their significant contributions to advancing interoperability, providing alternatives to fax, collaboration, for identity proofing, patient engagement, use of trust framework and for utilizing DirectTrust with other standards/networks (FHIR, Query, etc.). For additional information about DirectTrust’s Interoperability Hero initiative, visit

About DirectTrust

DirectTrust™ is a non-profit, vendor-neutral alliance initially created by and for participants in the Direct community, including Health Information Service Providers (HISPs), Certificate Authorities (CAs), Registration Authorities (RAs), healthcare providers, consumers/patients, and Health IT vendors. DirectTrust serves as a governance forum, trust community, standards organization, and accreditation body for persons and entities engaged in exchange utilizing the Direct Standard™, supported by DirectTrust’s robust security and trust framework. The goal of DirectTrust is to develop, promote, and, as necessary, help enforce the rules and best practices necessary to maintain security and trust within the Direct Secure Messaging community. DirectTrust is committed to fostering widespread public confidence in the interoperable exchange of health information.