Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Direct 2.0 Boot Camp

Day 1 of the Direct Boot Camp 2.0

The ONC hosted a Direct Boot Camp 2.0 on August 13-14, 2013 which built on ONC’s 2012 Direct Scalable Trust Forum with a clear focus on helping Direct implementers and supporters accelerate the scalability and interoperability of their implementations to support meaningful use stage 2. Participation was from a wide range of organizations implementing or working to enable the Direct Project specifications including State HIE grantees, Beacon communities, EHR vendors, HIE/HISP vendors, Certificate Authorities, Registration Authorities, Federal Agencies, and any participants in the broader Direct Project community.

One of the panel discussions was titled "Federal Agency Requirements for Exchange via Direct." The moderator was Eric Larson, Program Manager of the Federal Health Architecture and and included Debbie Bucci, ONC, Bob Dieterle, CMS, Glenn Janzen, IHS, Mike Mathews, DoD, and Melissa Sands, VA. They sought to explain the policy requirements for provider to provider exchange between federal agencies and non‐federal HISPs. They gave a nice overview of their risk analysis process and the Federal guidelines and requirements. they also discussed some of the Federal use cases for Direct. The big news here is that DoD, VA, IHS, and SSA will be using Direct secure messaging and are seeking private sector partners.

David C. Kibbe, MD MBA President and CEO, DirectTrust and Lee Barrett, Executive Director, EHNAC gave an overview of the DirectTrust accreditation landscape, and discussed in detail what is required for different types of accreditation, as well as the specific process steps and timelines.

Day 1 ended with an awesome demonstration of the Direct Project Reference Implementation by Greg Meyer, Distinguished Engineer at Cerner. The video below shows him demonstrating how to configure DNS for certificate discovery.

Day 2 of the Direct Boot Camp 2.0

John Hall, Coordinator, Direct Project, and Greg Meyer, Director and Distinguished Engineer, at Cerner, led a discussion of the implementation guidance for enhanced Direct message delivery notification and how it supports assurance and accounting of message deliver for critical use cases.