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MEDITECH to Deploy CommonWell Interoperability Services in 2018

MEDITECH is set to deploy CommonWell interoperability services; an NC HIE signs on several key participants in the state.

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By Kate Monica

- MEDITECH recently announced that beginning in 2018 its EHR technology will be support CommonWell interoperability services enabling health data exchange.

As a vender-neutral network of networks, CommonWell Health Alliance allows participating EHR vendors, healthcare organizations, and health information exchanges to benefit from secure patient data access from any location.

MEDITECH is a contributing member of CommonWell, and will soon have the opportunity to spearhead progress toward deploying services designed to enable nationwide connectivity and interoperability.

"Advancing interoperability initiatives has always been a cornerstone of MEDITECH's healthcare IT vision," said Associate Vice President of Strategy at MEDITECH Lawrence O'Toole. "MEDITECH is proud to partner with CommonWell Health Alliance in providing our customers access to the CommonWell network, enabling faster and simpler exchange of protected health data across the care continuum."

The health IT company is also working with CommonWell to assist in seamlessly integrating its interoperability services into clinical and administrative workflows.

Additionally, MEDITECH is using its connections to the Argonaut Project to be one of the first vendors involved with CommonWell to deploy the project’s FHIR specifications to customers including Find Document References and Retrieve Document resources. These specifications invite more comprehensive exchange of particular segments of data.

CommonWell is presently live at over 5,000 provider sites in all 50 states.

"CommonWell is excited to work with MEDITECH and other members as we continue to strive towards a reality in which there are no gaps in access and availability of patient data," said Executive Director of CommonWell Health Alliance Jitin Asnaani. “MEDITECH's intention to deploy our services will help ensure we move even closer to that reality."

Novant Health and three others join NC state health information exchange

Elsewhere in health data exchange, three North Carolina nonprofits—Novant Health, Carolinas HealthCare, and Duke Health—linked with the state’s appointed health information exchange HealthConnex.

“Sharing records and connecting systems is the next step in the journey to providing more efficient, personalized care for our patients and communities,” Chief Medical Officer at Novant Health AJ Patefield, MD told a local news source.

Regional health information exchange Coastal Connect, which represents five hospitals, will also join the state HIE.

The exchange was established by the General Assembly and included UNC Health Care as a founding member. Through the exchange, providers can share patient information including laboratory results, diagnostics, medical histories, allergies, and medications to reduce repetitive test ordering and improve the accuracy of diagnoses, recommendations, and treatment.

“Health data exchange is a critical component for building a high-quality, sustainable health-care system,” said North Carolina Health Secretary Mandy Cohen, MD in a statement. “I am pleased at the progress NC HealthConnex is making to facilitate access to actionable clinical data that supports clinicians and helps them deliver the best quality care.”

The HIE provides information to hundreds of physician practices, health departments, health centers, rural health clinics, and ambulatory facilities using cloud-based and on-site EHRs.

As part of the 2017-2019 budget, the state HIE received $3 million in non-recurring funds to improve its exchange and $9 million in annual recurring funds for staffing, operations, analytics, and technical integrations.

Behavioral health managed care organizations will be required to start submitting patient encounter and claims data on as of June 1, 2020. 

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