The reaction to the NHIN Direct project has been rather dramatic. When I started this work on March 1st, I hoped that we would gather a handful of interested parties as part of an implementation group to work through the specifications and service descriptions, and move to real-world implementation by late 2010.
On our last implementation group teleconference, we had a conference line that could handle 65 lines, which we thought would be sufficient. We unfortunately ran out of lines. Needless to say, we are fixing that problem, but it illustrates that we have more than a handful of organizations participating.
As I mentioned previously, we are locking down the implementation group. We are still working on tabulating the full membership of the implementation group, and we hope to get that list out shortly, but it is an impressive list of organizations representing a wide range of healthcare interests, from small providers and EHR modules, to HIOs and HIE technology vendors, to state and federal state healthcare providers and stakeholders, to national healthcare organizations and provider networks.
If you or your organization is not part of the implementation group, fear not. The discussion and collaboration tools we are using are designed to accomodate a wide range of participation. Jump in with the discussion, add to the wiki, and follow along with the work on this blog. The goal here is full, open, and public participation.