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Consolidating to Simplify Health Data Exchange, Interoperability

November 6, 2017 - True interoperability for improved health data exchange persists as a top healthcare industry priority among stakeholders in both the public and private sector as 2017 comes to a close. Health IT developers, health information exchanges (HIEs), and provider organizations have collaborated extensively this year to enable improvements, but regulatory burden and industry complexity continue to...


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Cerner Extends Free CommonWell Services to Users Until 2020

by Kate Monica

Cerner President Zane Burke announced at the 2017 Cerner Health Conference that the health IT company will be extending free CommonWell services to all Cerner users through 2020. Initially, CommonWell services were made free to all Cerner users...

eClinicalWorks Allows Integration with CommonWell, Carequality

by Kate Monica

eClinicalWorks will now allow users to connect with both CommonWell Health Alliance and Carequality with a new self-service option. Over 400 health systems have already connected to the interoperability service providers in an effort to improve...

HIE Collaboratives Helping to Advance Health IT Interoperability

by Kate Monica

Health information exchange (HIE) collectives and networks-of-networks including eHealth Exchange, CommonWell, and Surescripts help promote secure health data exchange across healthcare facilities nationwide. The Strategic Health Information...

MEDITECH to Deploy CommonWell Interoperability Services in 2018

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...

Cerner, Epic EHR Hospitals to Share Patient EHRs in NC

by Kate Monica

Carolinas HealthCare System and Novant Health recently reached an agreement to exchange patient health data between their Cerner and EHR technologies in an effort to improve care coordination for patients receiving care at either facility. Carolinas...

CommonWell First to Use Argonaut Project FHIR Specifications

by Kate Monica

CommonWell has set itself apart as an industry leader in an unprecedented integration of Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR), the health IT standard and application programming interface (API). Today, CommonWell announced it has...

CommonWell Members to Build Healthcare APIs to Expand Service

by Kate Monica

CommonWell Health Alliance is set to expand as its existing services with agreements from 14 new members committed to building new healthcare application programming interfaces (APIs) for the health data exchange platform. “Although there...

Carequality, CommonWell Reach Health Data Exchange Agreement

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The two initiatives working to advance health IT interoperability through standardized health data exchange have signed an important agreement to expand the reach of each of their respective networks. The agreement includes three important provisions....

CommonWell Brings Interoperability Services to Post-Acute Care

by Sara Heath

The CommonWell Alliance, a private sector health IT interoperability coalition, has expanded its services to post-acute care EHR systems. Members of these new services include Cerner Corporation, McKesson, and Brightree. This expansion will help...

CommonWell Adds 5 New Members to Interoperability Consortium

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

eClinicalWorks and Modernizing Medicine top the list of five new members of the CommonWell Health Alliance, the vendor-led interoperability initiative spearheaded by Allscripts, athenahealth, and Cerner Corporation. The other health IT companies...

Social Security Joins CommonWell’s Push for Interoperability

by Sara Heath

As a major disability healthcare provider, the Social Security Administration requests access to millions of electronic health records, demonstrating a true need for EHR interoperability. In order to meet those needs, the Social Security Administration...

How Interoperability Drove Magruder Hospital to CommonWell

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

A small critical access hospital in Ohio might not be an obvious candidate for far-reaching health data exchange, but that is just the case for Magruder Hospital in Port Clinton which just signed on with CommonWell Health Alliance to use the...

CommonWell Names Asnaani First-Ever Executive Director

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The CommonWell Health Alliance recently named Jitin Asnaani as the consortium's Founding Executive Director. Asnaani was responsible for the athenahealth Technology Standards and Policy Program and served as the Watertown-based health IT...

CommonWell Alliance Expands with Aprima, CareCloud

by Jennifer Bresnick

The CommonWell Alliance, a nonprofit consortium of EHR vendors and other health IT stakeholders focused on fostering interoperability, is expanding with the addition of Aprima Medical Software and CareCloud as contributing members.  Despite...

How much closer to true interoperability is CommonWell?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The CommonWell Health Alliance made waves at HIMSS13 in New Orleans when its founding partners announced they would be banding together to solve the challenge of making their EHR and health IT systems and services interoperable. So what did the...

What does the CommonWell launch mean to a healthcare CIO?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Since its initial launch at HIMSS13, the CommonWell Health Alliance has had many in the healthcare industry wondering when its next step toward true interoperability would take place. Speculation came to an end yesterday when the collaboration...

How close is CommonWell to enabling EHR interoperability?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

When the CommonWell Health Alliance launched at HIMSS13 in March, it made headlines and sent ripples through the healthcare community. However, since then the trade association of EHR and HealthIT companies has flown under the radar for several...

Does CommonWell Health Alliance threaten the future of HIEs?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

When the news of the CommonWell Health Alliance broke in March, many were suspicious of what this partnership of EHR vendors might mean for other EHR developers and their solutions. However, the alliance’s aim to make EHR systems truly...

HITPC considers impact of CommonWell Alliance on HIE

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

During the monthly meeting Health Information Technology Policy Committee (HITPC), several members of the Federal Advisory Committee (FAC) speculated as to the possibility of state, regional, and local health information exchanges (HIEs) becoming...

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