July 30, 2020 DirectTrust today announced the draft of its Trusted Instant Messaging+ (TIM+) standard is now available for testing. TIM+ is the industry-first standard to enable real-time healthcare communication that incorporates trust network concepts to ensure secure transmissions between known, trusted entities within and across enterprises. DirectTrust is a non-profit healthcare industry alliance created to support secure, identity-verified electronic exchanges of protected health information (PHI) between provider organizations, and between providers and patients, for the purpose of improved coordination of care.
The benefits of the TIM+ standard include, but are not limited to:
The TIM+ standard has implemented the following high-level functional capabilities thus far:
To access the draft TIM+ standard for testing, click here. (https://directtrust.app.box.com/s/stlhyofi4rg8o1nap7h8phup88cvs9ui)(Draft Standards are not approved standards under the DirectTrust Standards Operating Procedures. This draft is being published for the sole purpose of allowing for testing and initial feedback from companies who wish to test the technical requirements listed in the DRAFT STANDARD.)
DirectTrust will host a Connectathon for TIM+ on November 11, 2020. The Connectathon will provide participants with the opportunity to share feedback on the draft Applicability Statement, test reference implementations, suggest use cases and workflows, and provide input regarding policy. To register and learn more, visit https://directtrust.wildapricot.org/event-3908459.
TIM+ is the second initiative of DirectTrust Standards, a division of DirectTrust. Participation in DirectTrust Standards initiatives is open to any person or company that has a direct and material interest within the respective scope of the work of standards development. DirectTrust membership includes eligibility for participation in DirectTrust Standards activities. Non-members interested in participation can visit bit.ly/DTParticipateStandards to complete an application.
About DirectTrustDirectTrust™ is a non-profit, vendor-neutral alliance initially created by and for participants in the Direct community, including Health Information Service Providers (HISPs), Certificate Authorities (CAs), Registration Authorities (RAs), healthcare providers, consumers/patients, and Health IT vendors. DirectTrust serves as a governance forum, trust community, standards organization, and accreditation body for persons and entities engaged in exchange utilizing the Direct Standard™, supported by DirectTrust's robust security and trust framework. The goal of DirectTrust is to develop, promote, and, as necessary, help enforce the rules and best practices necessary to maintain security and trust within the Direct Secure Messaging community. DirectTrust is committed to fostering widespread public confidence in the interoperable exchange of health information. To learn more, visit www.directtrust.org.