SOURCE: DirectTrust

February 03, 2016 10:27 ET

DirectTrust Appoints Bruce Schreiber and Renee Smith to Its Board of Directors

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwired - Feb 3, 2016) -  DirectTrust today announced the appointment of health care industry executives Bruce Schreiber and Renee Smith to its board of directors. DirectTrust is a non-profit health care industry alliance created by and for participants in the Direct exchange network used for secure, interoperable exchange of personal health information (PHI) between provider organizations, and between provider and patients, for the purpose of improved coordination of care. Over 52,000 U.S. health care organizations now participate in the DirectTrust network.

"We are pleased to add individuals with Bruce and Renee's experience and knowledge to our talented board of directors," said David Kibbe, MD, MBA, President and CEO of DirectTrust "Bruce and Renee are highly-regarded leaders and innovators in health care information exchange and knowledgeable across a broad range of technology issues. They will be valuable assets to our board and our members in their efforts to help health care professionals, health IT vendors and their patients and customers communicate safely and securely." 

Schreiber is the Chief Technology Officer at MaxMD, a leader in secure healthcare information technology and interoperability solutions. In his role, Schreiber is responsible for technical strategy and development as well as for building the company`s technological systems. MaxMD has participated in the Direct project since the Direct Project Rules of the Road workgroup in 2011. Prior to joining MaxMD, Schreiber worked in the financial industry for 25 years as a risk manager, quantitative analyst and a technologist. 

Ms. Smith is the Global Director of IT Enterprise Planning & Portfolio Management at Walgreens Boots Alliance. She uses her passion for quality and accessible healthcare, her extensive IT experience and her process improvement expertise in achieving the goals of health care reform. Her professional and volunteer efforts are focused on enabling foundational capabilities in interoperability and removing blockers in the areas of policy, process & technology for providers, payers, patients and proxies. Smith has led the development of clinical interoperability capabilities that are being leveraged on a national scale with partners including Epic, Surescripts, Cerner, Orion & Greenway. 

"All of us are delighted that Bruce and Renee have agreed to serve on our board of directors and support our members with their ongoing healthcare information and technology issues," said Dr. John Blair III, MD, Chairman of the Board of the DirectTrust. "Their experience and forward-thinking approach will be invaluable, especially as our members look for innovative ways to communicate and exchange health care information. We look forward to their future contributions."

About DirectTrust
DirectTrust is a three-year-old, non-profit, competitively neutral, self-regulatory entity created by and for participants in the Direct community, including Health Internet Service Providers (HISPs), Certificate Authorities (CAs), and Registration Authorities (RAs), doctors, patients and vendors, and supports both provider-to-provider as well as patient-to-provider Direct exchange. DirectTrust recently received a Cooperative Agreement Award from ONC as part of the Exemplar HIE Governance Program. DirectTrust serves as a forum and governance body for persons and entities engaged in Directed exchange of electronic health information as part of the Nationwide Health Information Network (NwHIN). DirectTrust's Security and Trust Framework is the basis for the voluntary accreditation of service providers implementing Directed health information exchange. The goal of DirectTrust.org is to develop, promote and, as necessary, help enforce the rules and best practices necessary to maintain security and trust within the Direct community, consistent with the HITECH Act and the governance rules for the NwHIN established by ONC, DirectTrust.org is committed to fostering widespread public confidence in the Direct exchange of health information. To learn more, visit www.directtrust.org.

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