Direct messaging popular despite cost, other drawbacks

Direct Messaging is a popular method for sharing data, according to a new HIMSS survey of 75 health information organizations in 27 states. Two-thirds support Direct Messaging to share data using secured messaging software. Just over half (51 percent) agreed that the cost of using Direct was worth the benefit of health information exchange. The top three benefits of using Direct were faster information access, less paper and more accurate and complete patient information. The challenges included the high cost, changing workflows and the fact that other providers aren't always on the platform. Announcement