Contact: Juli Hale

CINCINNATI (Jan. 18, 2016) – Members of the Independent Physicians Collaborative (IPC), representing 20 independent physician groups in the Greater Cincinnati area, are implementing DIRECT email software designed to enhance the healthcare continuum for thousands in the Tristate.

“Direct Messaging” is a nationally recognized communication standard allowing physicians to exchange secure messages and patient information between their Electronic Health Records, without having to be on the same platform.  The solution removes communication barriers by more easily allowing independent specialty physicians to securely communicate with primary care doctors and hospital systems with the push of a button. By allowing a more ready exchange of patient data, including physician notes, the 425+ member physicians will now be able to offer comparable functionality to hospital-based physicians.

“Seamless and prompt exchange of patient information between all providers is essential,” said Glen Prasser, CEO of Beacon Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine.  “This technology enables physicians to transfer treatment information, regardless of healthcare affiliation, to ultimately improve patient outcomes.”

The DIRECT solution joins each independent group’s current electronic health records program with those used by primary care physicians and other health systems. The communications process is aided by The Health Collaborative, a Cincinnati nonprofit that provides health information technology solutions to customers in and outside of the Greater Cincinnati region. The Health Collaborative will be sharing its regional directory of physicians with all participants. Patient records and test results are already shared through The Health Collaborative.

“The Health Collaborative is excited to support the expansion of DIRECT as a platform for Physicians at the Independent Physicians Collaborative to securely share information.  This connectivity and physician directory sharing allows important clinical data to be shared when a patient is moving from one setting of care to another, which is a common gap we are closing, ” said Jason Buckner, Senior Vice President, Informatics at The Health Collaborative.  “This technology enables clinicians in the healthcare system to make more informed decisions that enhance patient care, and lower healthcare costs for customers.”

All IPC members are expected to be fully operational by the end of the first quarter, according to Prasser.


About Independent Physicians Collaborative:

The Independent Physicians Collaborative is a collaborative network of 425+ independent physicians and over 3,400 medical and customer service professionals providing quality care to over 1,000,000 patients annually in the Greater Cincinnati community including Northern Kentucky, Southeastern Indiana and Dayton. Learn more at


About The Health Collaborative:

The Health Collaborative is a non-profit organization based in Cincinnati that strives to positively impact health status, experience, outcomes, and affordability by fostering a connected system of healthcare and community health through innovation, integration, and informatics in the Greater Cincinnati region and beyond. For more information about the Health Collaborative, visit