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RPMS DIRECT Messaging
The Indian Health Service (IHS) Resource and Patient Management System (RPMS) DIRECT Messaging is a secure, web-based messaging service, specifically designed to meet the Meaningful Use 2 requirements for transmitting and receiving Protected Health Information/Personally Identifiable Information (PHI/PII) electronically. It is intended to eliminate and reduce the use of fax services, couriers, and postal mails that involve the inherent risks of information being misplaced, compromised, or accessed by unauthorized users. RPMS DIRECT Messaging is Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) compliant and integrated with applicable systems, such as Electronic Health Record (EHR) and Personal Health Record (PHR), to provide an easy way for registered healthcare providers, patients, and patients' personal representatives to securely share PHI/PII electronically.
RPMS DIRECT Messaging Use Cases
RPMS DIRECT Messaging will include exchanges between the Indian Health Service, Tribal, and Urban healthcare providers, patients and/or their personal representatives, and other IHS Health Information Service Provider (HISP) trusted DIRECT partners. The use cases are as follow:
Federal providers ←→ Federal providers
Federal providers ←→ Non-Federal providers
Federal providers ←→ Patients and/or their personal representatives
Non-Federal providers ←→ Patients and/or their personal representatives
RPMS DIRECT Messaging Access
Healthcare providers should contact their Service Unit/Facility administrator for RPMS DIRECT Messaging access and more information.
Patients and/or their personal representatives will access RPMS DIRECT Messaging through their Personal Health Record (PHR) accounts. For access and more information, contact your facility PHR Registrar.