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Standards Participation

Participation in DirectTrust Standards is open to application by any interested party within the DirectTrust Standards Interest Categories. Members of DirectTrust should contact [email protected] to indicate their interest in participation in DirectTrust Standards activities. For non-Members of DirectTrust, interested parties can join DirectTrust Standards via the application linked below.

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Standards Benefits

Membership in DirectTrust is not required for participation in DirectTrust Standards.

Benefits of DirectTrust Standards Membership include:

  • Influence the creation of Industry Standards

  • Weigh in on amendments or updates to Standards

  • Gain insight into the work other organizations are doing

  • Impact and create new industry best practices

Interest Categories

DirectTrust Standards development seeks to be inclusive and represent all stakeholders with a direct and material interest within the respective scope of the relevant Standards Workgroup. As such, DirectTrust Standards aims for balance and a lack of dominance of each Standards Workgroup.

To achieve this balance, the DirectTrust Standards development has established various Interest Categories that stakeholders may fall into with the intent that a single Interest Category may not dominate any particular Standards Workgroup.

Organizations and individuals shall choose to be associated with the Interest Category in which their primary business or interest purpose lies. Interest categories include the following:

Consumer Sector

  • Consumer-focused organizations
  • Consumer and Consumer topic-specific advocates

General Interest and Advocacy Sector

  • Students
  • Professional Associations
  • Other organizations supporting advocacy efforts not specifically defined in other categories
  • Other organizations supporting care not specifically defined in other categories

Government Sector

  • Regulatory Agencies
  • Public Payers

Healthcare Sector

  • Integrated Delivery Networks
  • Accountable Care Organizations
  • Acute Care Organizations
  • Ambulatory Care Organizations
  • Post-Acute Care Organizations
  • Other organizations providing care to patients

Interoperability and Systems Integration Sector

  • Health Information Organizations
  • Health Information Service Providers HISPs (as a primary business)
  • Socialcare Information Organizations
  • Referral Service Providers (including Socialhealth Referral Platform)
  • Exchange and Systems Integration Technology vendors
  • Identity and Registration vendors
  • Identity and Registration

Information Technology Sector

  • Electronic Health Record Companies
  • Population Health Companies
  • Personal Health Record and Wellness Companies
  • Socialcare Record Companies
  • Healthcare and Socialcare Consultants
  • Other technology companies

Payer Sector

  • Private Insurance Companies
  • Charitable Funders

Socialcare Sector

  • Socialcare Integrated Delivery Networks,

  • Socialcare Service Providers (e.g., Food Pantries, Employment Training, etc.),

  • Other organizations providing socialcare to clients/patients


DirectTrust membership includes participation in DirectTrust Standards. For participation in DirectTrust Standards, DirectTrust Membership is not required. Both DirectTrust Membership and DirectTrust Standards fees are provided below for reference. Fees include participation for one calendar year. Select from the tabs below to learn more.

Corporate Members

Corporations, partnerships, and other for-profit entities.


Individuals with an interest in DirectTrust not otherwise eligible for membership in a group or institutional category. (Not employed by organization that is eligible in another category.)

Per Consensus Body, there is a non-transferable annual fee for an Individual with an interest in participating in DirectTrust Standards. Individuals that are employed by a non-member organization that is eligible in another category will be considered a representative of their employing organization. Voting rights will be established based on guidelines within the DirectTrust Standards Operating Procedures.

Healthcare Practices

Enterprises with physicians, dentists or other medically trained personnel that provide direct medical services and/or managed care services to patients (not including Hospitals and Healthcare Systems).


Nonprofit professional, charitable, scientific or educational organization that qualifies under section 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code (not including Hospitals and Healthcare Systems).

Hospital and Health Systems

Enterprises with medically trained personnel that provide direct medical services and/or managed care services to patients (not including Healthcare Practices).

Public Agency

Federal, State, city, county agency or special governmental district (not including Healthcare Practices or Hospitals and Healthcare Systems).


Full-time student at an accredited institution of higher learning.

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