Non-Profit Organization to Create Infrastructure for Secure HIE in Tennessee

A comprehensive infrastructure that allows healthcare providers to securely share electronic health records within Tennessee is being launched in communities across the state beginning in early 2013.

The Tennessee Direct Project is being launched by a Tennessee-based non-profit, Qsource, in partnership with ICA, a technology provider, which will provide the technological capabilities.

Initially, the project will start with pilot programs in several communities within the state. According to the release, those communities are still being determined.

According to the release, Tennessee Direct meets requirements of stage 2 of meaningful use, meaning it provides access to various healthcare data sources and offers data exchange at transitions of care. Eventually, Tennessee intends to create a marketplace of health information service providers from which healthcare providers can choose, according to the release.

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