The Direct Project In A Box

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Do you want to enable your doctor to send your health information through an e-mail in secure way? Well, the Direct Project enables better patient care, and reduces cost of Healthcare by providing a standard and simple mechanism to share Healthcare information between providers, organizations and consumers. The project is an exemplary collaboration of public and private sector.

This talk will focus on the .NET reference implementation of the Direct project. We will cover the architecture of this implementation and walk through components like security agent, SMTP gateway, configuration system, auditing and administration system and standards (XDD) gateway. The details of these component will be useful if you are planning to get involved in implementation, development or administration of a Direct enabled project.

In addition, to technical walkthrough of the implementation we will touch how the project can serve as an out of the box system for providing the Direct project enabled messaging services!

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Vaibhav Bhandari

Optum, United Health Group

Vaibhav Bhandari is a seasoned software professional with quirky interests in mixology, mountaineering and bicycle touring. He is currently Director of Product Management with Optum, a subsidiary of United Health Group, and an author with O’Reilly.

Previously, he has led the software development in various businesses at Microsoft. In Microsoft Health Solutions group, he was involved in creating and developing an ecosystem around Microsoft HealthVault. He helped grow the Microsoft HealthVault partner ecosystem from 17 to over 300 applications and devices in US and in overseas markets like EMEA and APAC.

He has spoken at several prestigious conferences including the Open Source Conference, Health 2.0, Strata Rx, and Singapore Techventures. He is active in the Healthcare IT community and has contributed to National Internet Standards & initiatives like Direct, Meaningful Use, and Blue Button. He is author of an O’Reilly book titled – "Enabling Programmable Self with HealthVault”, and currently looking for reviewers for the next edition of the book!

Ali Emami

Microsoft, Health Solutions Group

He was one of the original members of the HealthVault team and has impacted the scope and design of the platform through his work on the Pilot, Beta, V1.0 and current releases of HealthVault. Some of his focus areas have included platform security (access control, identity), connectivity interfaces, protocols for medical imaging and large BLOB support, scalability, and performance of the service. A large part of his work has focused on addressing the privacy issues in online PHR systems involving patients and providers. Ali is currently involved with Microsoft’s integration of the Direct Project. He is an active contributing member of the Direct Project’s open source .NET reference implementation group. Ali’s past projects have included embedded systems software for mobile devices, 3G communication protocols, 3D graphics engines and image processing software.