DirectTrust, a non-profit alliance that supports health information exchange via the Direct message protocols, has appointed Scott Stuewe as its next president and CEO. Stuewe will assume his responsibilities on September 1. He succeeds DirectTrust founding president and CEO Dr. David Kibbe.
“On behalf of the entire DirectTrust board of directors, I am thrilled to welcome Scott to our organization,” Bruce Schreiber, DirectTrust’s board chair, said in a statement. “Scott is a dynamic leader, true visionary and collaborator, and an innovator of healthcare information technology. He has leveraged an entrepreneurial spirit to envision, create, and bring to market new solutions and processes that have helped shape the industry. We look forward to our next stage of growth under his leadership.”
Stuewe brings more than 27 years of healthcare information technology experience to DirectTrust. He currently serves as director of strategy and interoperability at DataFile Technologies, a provider of turn-key solutions to streamline, standardize, and centralize health information management and clinical workflows for healthcare organizations of all types and sizes. Previously, Stuewe spent 24 years at Cerner Corporation, most recently as Cerner Network’s director of national interoperability strategy. In this role, he led Cerner’s initiatives on national interoperability by driving participation in the CommonWell Health Alliance and the soon-to-launch bridge between CommonWell and the networks of the Carequality framework.
"As a part of the overall interoperability landscape, DirectTrust plays an essential role in ensuring that patient health records are communicated safely and securely, and that participants know to whom they are connecting when they exchange information,” Stuewe said in a statement. “I am honored to join DirectTrust. I look forward to working with our members to build on the impressive growth of this secure network achieved by Dr. Kibbe and the HIT community in just a short time.”
Kibbe announced earlier this year he would step down as DirectTrust’s president and CEO. He has served as CEO since 2012, and he will continue to serve as a senior advisor after Stuewe assumes his position.
"Under David’s leadership, DirectTrust has become a leading force in the drive to improve healthcare information exchange and interoperability. We are thrilled he will continue to be a trusted advisor to our organization through the end of the year,” Schreiber stated.
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