This Health IT Module is 2015 Edition compliant and has been certified by an ONC-ACB in accordance with the applicable certification criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. This certification does not represent an endorsement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
The service functionality provided by the certified Health IT Module allows users to send and receive Direct-based messages to/from other users of certified health IT systems and other users with trusted Direct addresses and Direct-capable endpoints.
Service plans may be predefined bundles of services or they may be designed to meet the specific needs of the Direct subscriber. In either case, a Master Service Agreement together with any Service Addendums will reference the specific services to be provided, the associated costs and other applicable terms and conditions. A service plan may restrict Direct message submissions to individual users rather a system or device. Service plans generally allow the subscriber to purchase additional Direct addresses, mailboxes, identity credentials and Direct message allotments should the subscriber's needs change. The subscriber may also be offered, at additional cost, capabilities and features that extend or enhance basic Direct messaging capabilities.
Connection of certified EHR systems to the certified Health IT Module will typically include one-time setup and support fees, which may be fixed and/or hourly, and recurring subscription fees for the Direct channel connection.
Direct protocols require that a trust relationship be established between sender and recipient. In most cases, the service plan will specify that the Direct Trust Accredited Trust Bundle be the source of the default trust anchors. The subscriber may, however, designate additional trust anchors or Direct addresses to be trusted, subject to security review/acceptance and possible setup fees.