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Direct Protocol May Favor Large Providers and Vendors



A medical group's call for allowing licensed physicians, without vendor interference, to designate any recipients or senders of messages using the Direct protocol puts a spotlight on nagging EHR interoperability issues.



1 comments on "Direct Protocol May Favor Large Providers and Vendors"
Frank Poggio (12/10/2013 at 2:55 PM)

Scott another excellent piece on an issue that has pretty much gone ignored. But as you say soon it will burst to the surface. The problem is not only with small physician practices but also with small /mid-sized specialty system vendors. As I work with them through ONC Certification most are avoiding it like a plague. You only need to deal with it if you want /need full EHR certification or sell a portal system. It's another example of how government regulation favors large entrenched vendors over small innovative firms. As for the availability of getting government money to help defray development costs many simply do not have the time to chase after a grant while their clients have them up against the Stage 2 timetable.