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Why Healthcare Needs Direct Messaging

14 Jan 2015 by Hannah Bridge

More than ever, healthcare providers are feeling the pressure to adopt Electronic Medical Records (EMR) and develop an effective method for exchanging patient information. Although many hospitals and care providers have implemented EMR systems, the exchange of information among multiple care providers still remains a challenge for many.

The infographic below addresses a solution to this problem – Direct Messaging. This new standards-based, secure method of exchanging patient information between care providers provides a way to meet parts of the Meaningful Use 2 requirements along with offering a fax machine replacement.

Direct messaging is like regular email, but with additional security measures for healthcare. It ensures messages and information are only accessible to the intended recipient, as specified by the protection regulations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

There are some common challenges that many healthcare providers face when it comes to exchanging patient information electronically, including workflow efficiency and converting paper documents and charts. However, to complete the continuum of care circle (seen below), healthcare providers must be able to securely send and receive patient data that originates from various sources of content. Direct messaging also has some big benefits that are driving adoption: it saves time, money, and increases efficiency.

Direct messaging is becoming the clear front-runner for providers searching for a simple, cost-effective method of sharing patient data. Providers who are unable to uniformly exchange patient information across the healthcare continuum risk a reduction in referrals and reduced reimbursement rates on their HITECH funding. To learn more about direct messaging, contact Insight at 1.800.INSIGHT or visit https://www.insight.com/us/en/healthcare-solutions.html.