May 09, 2011 07:45 ET

UNIVAL's SentryDirect™ Helps Direct Project Providers to Meet Meaningful Use Requirements

Technology Platform Facilitates EHR Interoperability Using Direct Project Messaging Standards

ANN ARBOR, MI--(Marketwire - May 9, 2011) - Healthcare information technology developer UNIVAL announces SentryDirect™ -- a new modular technology platform that simplifies the authenticated, point-to-point electronic exchange of health information between electronic health record systems (EHRs), registries and health information exchanges (HIEs).

SentryDirect™ modules are already in use with AllScripts® and NextGen® EMR systems and UNIVAL is currently developing modules for other major electronic medical record (EMR) systems. With SentryDirect, healthcare providers and organizations can seamlessly and quickly share medical and patient information in compliance with The Direct Project's secure communication protocols and Meaningful Use reporting criteria.

UNIVAL is seeking partnerships with healthcare system integrators, health information exchanges, large hospital systems and government agencies by offering licenses to SentryDirect.

SentryDirect's features include:

  • The ability to extract data from EMR interfaces for the import and export of patients' continuity of care records (CCRs) and continuity of care documents (CCDs) for exchange between providers.
  • A web-based Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) interface which is easier to access than more cumbersome email interfaces used by most other systems.
  • Two-way data exchange via a true 'push-pull' system compared to most healthcare data exchange systems that offer 'push-only' capability.
  • Compatibility with desktops, laptops, PDAs and smartphones.

"SentryDirect comes to the rescues of providers and hospital systems trying to get data from point A to point B and back in a secure, seamless fashion," said Michael Gallagher, president of UNIVAL. "With our data management technology platform, hospital and health systems leverage Direct Project messaging protocols to seamlessly feed and pull clinical information from EHRs. Whether a health system wants to comply with Meaningful Use requirements or wishes to implement a project in compliance with The Direct Project guidelines, our technology platform makes authenticated data exchange simple."

About The Direct Project
The Direct Project specifies a secure, scalable and standards-based way for participants to send authenticated, encrypted health information directly to known, trusted recipients over the Internet.

About UNIVAL, Inc.
With more than 20 years of healthcare information technology experience, UNIVAL delivers integrated technology solutions to some of the nation's largest healthcare organizations, insurance companies, disability insurance companies, medical providers, employers and healthcare consumers. UNIVAL's latest technology platform -- SentryDirect -- enables seamless, fast, two-way transfer of healthcare data in compliance with the Direct Project's secure communication protocols and addressing mechanisms. UNIVAL's customers include Aetna, CIGNA, Humana, United Health Group, Amerigroup, Ingenix, Liberty Mutual, AmeriChoice, and MetLife. UNIVAL is headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan. For further information, call (800) 332-4463 or visit

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