Community Exchange Partner (CEP) utilizes bi-directional direct message exchange of Continuity of Care Documents (CCDs) to share clinical data for patient care between two healthcare entities. This patient-specific exchange is initiated within the referring practice by sending information to the hospital in preparation for patient admission. Upon discharge, hospital information for that patient encounter will be transmitted back to the practice in the CCD format using Direct Messaging.


  • Clinicians have more information for making better clinical decisions of shared patients.
  • Can be implemented with any practice that has a meaningful use certified EMR system
  • Information is exchanged securely via Health Information Service Providers (HISP).
  • Helps meet Meaningful Use requirements

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