EHNAC-Hosted Free Webinar Examines Secure Data Movement in an Era of Value-Based Care

Panel Discussion Examines How the Direct Protocol Facilitates Care Coordination and Patient Engagement Efforts

FARMINGTON, Conn. – May 6, 2014 —Through the specifications and protocols of the Direct Project, health information service providers, certificate authorities and registration authorities are working together to enable healthcare providers to implement secure health information exchange. By providing trusted, low-cost message exchanges from within EHRs, web portals, and other applications, these organizations are having a dramatic effect on the ability of providers to enhance care coordination and patient engagement in an era marked by its transition to value-based care.

WHAT:  Lee Barrett, executive director of the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC), will host a panel discussion including Direct protocol, care coordination and patient engagement experts to examine these and other crucial questions that will have a far-reaching impact on the industry: “Moving Data Securely in an Era of Value-Based Care: How the Direct Protocol Facilitates Care Coordination and Patient Engagement Efforts.”


  • Holly Miller, MD, chief medical officer, MedAllies
  • Kory Mertz, challenge grant director, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC)
  • Andy Heeren, director CERN Network IP, Cerner Corp.
  • Scott Rea, VP GOV/EDU relations and sr. PKI architect, DigiCert, Inc.
  • Ron Moser, senior auditor, EHNAC

WHEN:  Tuesday, May 20, 2014 from 1:00-2:30 p.m. EST

WHERE:  Interested attendees may register for the online webinar here.

WHY:  Industry panelists will provide an understanding of the value and implications of implementation of the Direct standard, as well as:

  • Describe the progress made in the past year regarding various Direct Protocol and accreditation program initiatives, and what this means to an industry transitioning to value-based payment structures;
  • Provide examples of how better interoperability is helping to drive care coordination and patient engagement efforts;
  • Describe best practice examples of how to facilitate security, interoperability and trust among Direct exchange participants;
  • Share examples of the value and competitive advantages that organizations have already seen from achieving accreditation; and
  • Outline how to prepare your organization for implementation of secure communications in support of Meaningful Use requirements by the ONC.



The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC) is a voluntary, self-governing standards development organization (SDO) established to develop standard criteria and accredit organizations that electronically exchange healthcare data. These entities include accountable care organizations, e-prescribing solution providers, electronic health networks, financial services firms, health information exchanges, health information service providers, medical billers, third-party administrators, management service organizations, outsourced service providers, payers, and EPCS vendors.

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