If I’m a provider using HISP A who’s talking to another provider using HISP B, each side needs to be able to trust the set of credentials or the roots they’re using to sign the credentials. And there needs to be a legal agreement in place that determines the course of action if an incident were to occur. Once you have an accreditation program that standardizes individual accreditations, that barrier would be removed.
By issuing our certificates from a certificate authority, in this case DigiCert, that is compatible with the commercial world along with the federal world that are participating in the Direct Project, it removes communication barriers involved with accessing a patient’s record in a timely way during their visit to a healthcare provider. Crossing the commercial and federal worlds results in delays and complexities. This partnership removes those delays and allows organizations to have scalable and secure EHR communication.