The National Association for Trusted Exchange (NATE) today unveiled NATE’s Blue Button Directory, a FHIR-based solution is the newest prototype being developed by NATE to make it easier for consumers and providers to share data to improve outcomes. The NBBD prototype allows patients to discover online how best to submit their request for health information and establishes a secure end-point for the HIPAA-covered entity’s staff responsible for managing these requests.
“NATE’s Blue Button Directory solves a significant real-world problem,” said Aaron Seib, NATE CEO in a statement at HIMSS17. “One lesson we’ve learned is that merely having the technical capability available is insufficient. From a technical perspective, provider-facing Direct secure messaging accounts created in compliance with HIPAA and designed to support exchange between providers can readily be configured to enable exchange with consumer-facing Direct accounts created in compliance with applicable laws and regulations as enforced by the FTC. The disconnect hasn’t so much been about how to do it technically, it’s been more about how to make it easy for provider organizations to use Direct to communicate with patients in a way that fits with their existing workflow and business processes. That’s what the NBBD is designed to do.”
NATE has recruited an exceptional group of partners to participate in the NBBD demonstration:
NATE is currently seeking partners to bring the NBBD prototype into full production.