The Direct Project is based on digital certificates and S/MIME, which provides a secure, standards-based foundation for encrypted messaging. However, its adoption faces significant hurdles due to complexity for users and scalability. To exchange messages through this system, participants such as providers, medical systems and patients must first sign up and be configured to use new Direct email addresses. The magnitude of this challenge becomes evident when applied to the U.S. healthcare system, where more than 200 million adult citizens - and the majority of providers and medical systems - do not yet have Direct-enabled accounts, preventing them from securely exchanging messages.
To address these issues, DataMotion Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer, Bob Janacek, has filed a provisional patent titled “Method and Apparatus for Securely Communicating Using Public/Private Keys” that automates the creation and management of digital certificates, making it simple for doctors and patients to communicate over email in a secure, compliant way. Once this technology is in place, any time a physician attempts to send an email using The Direct Project, the message will be securely sent via the existing S/MIME method, regardless of whether or not the recipient is enrolled in the system. This allows physicians to get on with their work without introducing disruptions.
“The technology associated with our provisional patent makes it practical, for the first time, for patients and healthcare organizations to communicate securely using the Direct Project,” Janacek said. “This is a critical capability that will improve healthcare in the United States. We simply must move beyond the U.S. Postal Service and the office visit as the primary forms of communications between doctors and patients if we are to truly have the best healthcare system in the world.”
DataMotion is discussing the solution with U.S. health information service providers associated with The Direct Project, as well as electronic medical record vendors and healthcare integrators. Additionally, the technology could provide a much-needed solution in Europe, where medical records need to move freely and securely among E.U. member nations.
Like all DataMotion data-delivery services, this new capability will leverage the DataMotion Platform, a cloud-based Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) that makes it simple for organizations to reduce the cost and complexity of exchanging sensitive information with employees, customers and partners in a secure and compliant way.
Millions of users worldwide rely on DataMotion solutions. The DataMotion Platform improves on traditional approaches by providing a unified, secure, cloud-based hub for delivering messages, files and electronic forms. It integrates disparate systems in a fully auditable manner and provides visibility into reporting of all transactions to ensure control. Its unique architecture offers flexibility to incorporate any number of systems, workflows and organizations. A true PaaS, it also is available as a transaction-based pay-as-you-go business option, enabling organizations to start with smaller deployments and scale as they grow.
DataMotion enables organizations to dramatically reduce the cost and complexity of delivering electronic information to employees, customers and partners in a secure and compliant way. The company’s core DataMotion Platform solves a broad range of business issues by providing a secure data delivery hub. The company’s easy-to-use solutions for secure email, file transfer, forms processing and customer contact leverage the DataMotion Platform for unified data delivery. Millions of users worldwide rely on DataMotion to transparently improve business processes and reduce costs, while mitigating security and compliance risk. DataMotion is privately held and based in Morristown, N.J.