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HARTFORD, Ct., AUG. 4  — Jenn Searls, Executive Director of Connie, Connecticut’s Health Information Exchange, was nominated Aug. 4th as an Interoperability Hero by DirectTrust’s Interoperability Hero Initiative. This quarterly recognition of advancing interoperability on an individual or organizational level is one Searls is honored to be part of. 

“I’m humbled to be recognized by such an esteemed group of colleagues in this, the inaugural class of Interoperability Heroes. However, I’d be remiss not to point out that the work we’re doing at Connie for Connecticut is not mine alone and that my entire team is made up of superheroes who believe in the power of secure data exchange and interoperability for the good of our community.” 

Searls’ nomination is credited to her outstanding leadership and management skills in the launch and expansion of Connie – an especially daunting task during the current pandemic.  

DirectTrust, a non-profit healthcare industry alliance which supports secure, identity-verified electronic exchanges of protected health information (PHI) between health care entities and patients for the purpose of improved coordination of care, will announce Searls and other nominated Heroes with their quarterly performance announcement.  


About Connie  

Connie is Connecticut’s official Health Information Exchange (HIE). Overseen by an appointed Board of Directors, Connie was established in 2019 to oversee and drive services to support the exchange of health data in the state of Connecticut and has already connected with over 50 health care entities in the state. Connie is an independent, not-for-profit, neutral, and trusted organization authorized by state statute. Our purpose is to create a platform to support health care delivery, quality, safety, and value for Connecticut health care organizations, providers, and residents. 

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About DirectTrust  

DirectTrust™ is a non-profit, vendor-neutral alliance initially created by and for participants in the Direct community, including Health Information Service Providers (HISPs), Certificate Authorities (CAs), Registration Authorities (RAs), healthcare providers, consumers/patients, and Health IT vendors. DirectTrust serves as a governance forum, trust community, standards organization, and accreditation body for persons and entities engaged in exchange utilizing the Direct Standard™, supported by DirectTrust’s robust security and trust framework. The goal of DirectTrust is to develop, promote, and, as necessary, help enforce the rules and best practices necessary to maintain security and trust within the Direct Secure Messaging community. DirectTrust is committed to fostering widespread public confidence in the interoperable exchange of health information. To learn more, visit