David Kibbe, MD recently penned a detailed post on the basics of the NHIN Direct project titled “Getting to the Health Internet” . It is great reading and I highly recommend it. Below are a few of the points I found the most interesting.
NHIN Direct is a project within the federal Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) to develop protocols for streamlined and secure internet communication among physicians and hospitals. Think of it like email for health records. Physicians should be interested in NHIN Direct because it has the the potential to open up electronic health records to new kinds of innovation.