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What is a Direct Address?

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A Direct address is needed to exchange health information using Direct. Because Direct is based off of
existing e-mail standards, a Direct address looks very similar to an email address. Like email addresses,
Direct addresses can be issued to individuals or to organizations, departments or specific devices. An
example of a Direct address is b.wells@direct.aclinic.org. While this may look and function similar to an
email address, it is important to know that a traditional email account (e.g. gmail, yahoo mail, or your
company e-mail) are NOT Direct addresses. Messages sent to or from traditional email accounts are not
secure and will fail to send via Direct. (www.healthit.gov)

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