ICA Providing DIRECT Capabilities to Enable Care Coordination in Six States
ICA, a leading provider of interoperability technology that enables health information exchange (HIE), today announced that it is providing Direct capabilities to clients in six states through the CareAlign® Direct messaging solution, a secure communications tool that allows healthcare organizations to utilize the Direct protocol and meet Meaningful Use requirements.
The states with ICA clients who are live and operational with Direct are Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, with more than 4,000 providers already taking advantage of the technology. The organizations in these states utilizing CareAlign Direct include Central Illinois Health Information Exchange (CIHIE), Iowa Health Information Network (IHIN), Kansas Health Information Network (KHIN), Upper Peninsula Health Information Exchange (UPHIE), Meridian Health Systems and Allied Health Information Exchange (AlliedHIE).
The CareAlign Direct messaging solution enables users to take full advantage of Direct messaging in a health information services provider (HISP) environment. It includes full core interoperability function as well as numerous add-on services, making CareAlign Direct one of the most robust Direct messaging services available today. In addition, CareAlign Direct is built within ICA's larger interoperability and informatics framework, allowing users to begin with Direct and expand to a more complete HIE solution for comprehensive care coordination. CareAlign Direct is also a Software as a Service (SaaS) architecture with both technical infrastructure and professional services for management of HISP services.
Features in CareAlign Direct include:
- The ability to exchange continuity of care documents (CCD) and other attachments across multiple care settings regardless of the electronic health record technology in place
- A cost-effective means of sharing lab, radiology and other diagnostic data to an extended provider network
- Full integration with HISP to ensure fast, accurate, secure communications with core HISP-to-HISP interoperability
- Low start-up and ongoing costs
- The CareAlign Connect portal that enables secure clinical communication from anywhere at any time, delegation authority and workflow capabilities.
“CareAlign Direct represents the strongest Direct solution platform on the market today,” said Gary Zegiestowsky, chief executive officer at ICA. “ICA understands that Direct capability is not the final answer to effective clinical communications, but because we have fully integrated our Direct offering into our population-oriented interoperability and informatics platform, it represents an unsurpassed foundation for building a comprehensive care management solution. CareAlign Direct is also SaaS-based, allowing for a cost effective deployment within days, not months, and it currently serves millions of patients, giving their providers the ability to communicate clinical data quickly and easily.”
Originating from clinical informatics solutions developed within Vanderbilt Medical Center, ICA's state-of-the-art CareAlign® interoperability and informatics platform addresses and solves data and communication challenges for many healthcare entities, including hospitals, IPAs, IDNs, HIEs, payers and others. CareAlign delivers a flexible architecture to connect, collect, consume and intelligently distribute data through Direct, IHE, HL7, and custom methods for use in EHRs, third party applications, and ICA's applications. CareAlign unites a wide range of information and supports analytic needs associated with population health management, transitions of care communication, re-admissions reduction, meaningful use requirements and PCMH/ACO operations. Visit www.icainformatics.com, and follow us on Twitter, ICA HITme Blog, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube.
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