About CommonWell Health Alliance

For health IT to work, it must be inherently interoperable. There are too many silos across a fragmented information system; vital data is trapped, creating inefficiency, cost and risk. It’s absolutely critical for interoperability to be built into our health IT systems, not bolted on as an afterthought. What’s more, without interoperability, future innovations in health IT are limited and work only in pockets, rather than benefiting the system as a whole.

Now is the time for health IT developers to take the lead and move beyond merely recognizing the importance of this issue. It’s time to take bold action to move forward. It’s time for us, as health IT organizations, to band together and make health data interoperability.


The CommonWell Health Alliance is an independent, not-for-profit trade organization open to all health information technology suppliers devoted to the simple vision that health data should be available to individuals and providers regardless of where care occurs. Additionally, provider access to this data must be built-in health IT at a reasonable cost for use by a broad range of healthcare providers and the people they serve.

Mission - What the CommonWell Health Alliance Plans to Deliver

The CommonWell Health Alliance plans to define and promote a national infrastructure with common standards and policies. Early core components of the national infrastructure include:

Identity Management. Provide a way for HIT suppliers to quickly and accurately identify patients as they transition through care facilities.

Record Locator. Help providers locate and access their patients’ records, regardless of where the encounter occurred, by providing a “virtual table of contents” that documents available data from each encounter location.

Consent Management. Deliver a patient-authorized means to simplify management of data sharing consents and authorizations.

Trusted Data Access. Provide authentication and auditing services that facilitate trusted data sharing among member systems.

Purpose - Why Build a National Infrastructure and Services?

CommonWell’s purpose will be to solve the longstanding industry problem of interoperability.

Together with other industry members, we are pursuing the simple vision that a patient’s data should be available in a secure, trusted manner to the patient and the patient’s care providers regardless of where care occurs. We seek to improve care quality and foster innovation by creating an open, vendor-neutral platform to break down the technological and process barriers that currently inhibit effective health care data exchange.

Our current health care delivery system lacks an easy, affordable way to allow the frictionless movement of patient-centered data across all settings of care and among all health IT systems. The technology landscape is fragmented and builds significant barriers to creating a single, unified view of the patient for the entire healthcare team and managing patient consent at scale.

We believe that this problem of interoperability is best solved by forming an industry alliance to adopt common standards and protocols to provide sustainable, cost-effective, trusted access to patient data. We further believe this capability should be available across vendors and delivered “out of the box” to our clients and end users, relying on a national infrastructure to implement the services in a consistent and reliable way to ensure their ubiquity.

Privacy Principles

The founding members of CommonWell Health Alliance understand the sensitivity of protecting health data and other personally identifiable data associated or shared with healthcare providers.

The founding members of CommonWell Health Alliance are committed to supporting interoperability that requires robust privacy and security for all data exchanges through the alliance services. We are designing services and specifications with privacy as a key consideration addressed in the adopted services or specifications.

The CommonWell Health Alliance and its service providers will utilize appropriate physical, technical and administrative safeguards and precautions to secure protected health information. These technical safeguards will require encryption whenever PHI is in transit or at rest.

Services and specifications adopted by the CommonWell Health Alliance will strive to improve transparency to enable providers of care and patients to understand permitted uses, access and disclosure of protected health information and to facilitate the management of authorizations and consents in a manner that protects the privacy of the patient.

Board of Directors

The CommonWell Health Alliance is led by a collaborative group of health information technology industry leaders who govern and guide the organization as it looks to increase access to patient health data through interoperability and data liquidity between systems.

Jeremy Delinsky, Board chairman & athenahealth representative

Jeremy Delinsky has served as Chief Technology Officer since July of 2010. As CTO, Jeremy is responsible for the Company’s software development and knowledge-based platforms, including the payer and pay for performance (P4P) rules databases. Previous to his role as CTO, Jeremy served in a variety of leadership roles in Product Management, Product Development, and Operations. Before joining athenahealth in November 2004, Jeremy was a manager in the Health Care practice at Deloitte Consulting. Jeremy graduated from Wesleyan University with a BA from the College of Social Studies, and received his MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Rich Elmore, Board vice-chairman & Allscripts representative

Rich Elmore works on Allscripts’ innovations, managing exploration and execution of strategic partnerships and acquisitions, accelerating Allscripts presence related to the future of health systems including accountable care, health analytics, care coordination, population health, health information exchange and patient engagement. He most recently led the acquisitions and business integration of dbMotion and Jardogs, and forged Allscripts partnership in the CommonWell Health Alliance.

During 2011-12 on leave from Allscripts, he worked for the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), United States Department of Health and Human Services, where he was responsible for many of ONC’s 2014 Edition (Meaningful Use Stage 2) standards. He led ONC’s Query Health initiative to establish standards and services for distributed population queries of electronic health records. He also led ONC’s initiative for Consolidated CDA and Transitions of Care. Prior to this, he had served as a workgroup leader for ONC’s Direct Project.

Prior to his time at ONC, he ran the Allscripts Provider Analytics business. Prior to Allscripts, in his COO role, he managed a successful turnaround for a private equity-owned software and services company. He also had a long career at IDX (before the company’s merger with GE Healthcare) during which he ran the Flowcast Hospital business, served on the IDX Corporate Strategy Board and was Vice President of Product Development for IDX Flowcast.

Rich has degrees from Dartmouth College (BA) and New School University (MA Economics). He is on the Board of Directors for Patient Engagement Systems, a chronic disease technology company. He is on the Scientific Advisory Board for Innovations in Monitoring Population Health Using Electronic Health Records – a multi-year research initiative of the Primary Care Information Project. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine’s Digital Learning Collaborative. He is a reviewer for the Journal of Medical Internet Research. He was a founding member of the CCHIT Interoperability workgroup. Rich is also on the advisory board to the Sudan Development Foundation, building health clinics in the world’s newest nation - South Sudan. He serves as Vice President on the Board of Directors for the King Street Center serving kids and families in need in Burlington, Vermont.

Bob Robke, Board treasurer & Cerner representative

Bob Robke, vice president, Cerner Network, oversees Cerner’s community connectivity services, commonly referred to as the Cerner Network. Bob manages all aspects of this growing business unit, including Strategy, Sales, Marketing, Pricing/Packaging, Implementation and Support. Bob rejoined with Cerner in 2007 to oversee the creation of this particular business unit, which has experienced significant growth since its inception.

The Cerner Network is a collection of connectivity services, including clinical transaction routing and delivery, e-prescribing, payor connectivity, health information exchange and analytics, as well as patient services.

Bob is a 22 year veteran in the Health Information Technology industry. Beginning his career with Cerner in 1990, he served a number of different technical roles, including system engineer, integration architect, and technical project manager. He moved into project management where he had responsibility to deliver Cerner’s suite of solutions to hospitals and health systems. Bob led one of the first implementations of Millennium implementations during his original tenure at Cerner; helping pioneer the implementation processes for what is now the dominant healthcare software solution in the world.

Bob left Cerner in 1998 to pursue individual consulting interests in HealthCare Information Technology industry, providing project management and technical consulting. This venture led the eventual startup of Health Network Services in 2001. Bob joined forces with two other industry leaders to form a company with a goal of supplying the operational oversight of community based health information exchange. The initial client of Health Network Services was Michiana Health Information Network in South Bend, IN. Bob served as the executive director and was tasked with operational oversight of the business. MHIN has been considered a leader in its efforts to address the growing problem of disparate electronic silos of data for the betterment of care in a community. MHIN is still nationally recognized for its leadership and achievements, all while not accepting any public funding to start, implement, or support its clients. In addition to MHIN, Health Network Services provided guidance to other RHIOs/HIEs and Health Systems on establishment of connectivity services, including MedVirginia, and Michigan Health Connect, both prominent and successful organizations.

Bob then rejoined Cerner in 2007 to start and drive new business opportunities associated with connectivity and remains at Cerner today. He leads the efforts on interoperability and the Cerner Network services.

Bob received a Bachelor‘s of Science degree in Computer Information Systems with an emphasis in Accounting from Emporia State University, Emporia KS.

Rod O’Reilly, Board secretary & McKesson representative

Rod O’Reilly is senior vice president of strategy and business development for McKesson Technology Solutions. Rod leads portfolio management, M&A, and integrated planning at the MTS level. He is also heavily involved with public affairs, regulatory, and helps drive McKesson’s Better Health 2020 initiative. Prior to his current position, he was President of McKesson’s Health Systems Enterprise Solutions overseeing product development, implementation services, customer support and the sales and marketing functions for Horizon Clinicals®, STAR, Series, HealthQuest and other classic revenue cycle solutions. Prior to that, Rod was President of the Medical Imaging Group, one of McKesson Provider Technologies’ most successful and fastest growing product groups where he successfully led the company to record sales and implementation of medical imaging and cardiology.

Scott Schneider, CPSI representative

Scott Schneider currently serves as Executive Vice President at CPSI. He has been with CPSI for 30 years, having begun his career at CPSI in June 1983. Other positions previously held include Senior Vice President of Corporate and Business Development, Vice President of Sales and Marketing and Sales Director. Prior to his career with CPSI he was employed by NCR Corporation in its Computer Services division as a Marketing Manager in the Medical, Education, and Government sector. He attended the University of South Alabama where he graduated from in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management.

Nick Knowlton, Greenway representative

Nick Knowlton is the Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives for Greenway Health™. In that role, Nick manages Greenway’s business strategy and relationships for interoperability and accountable care. He also manages Greenway’s strategy for working with payers to understand the changing landscape as the United States moves more towards value-based medical reimbursement models.

Nick has a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry degree from the University of Notre Dame.

Keith Laughman, Sunquest representative

Keith Laughman serves as Executive Vice President Community Care Solutions, where he focuses on strategic growth areas for Sunquest including ACO’s, Outreach, and patient centric care. Most recently, Keith was President & CEO of MedFusion. Prior to MedFusion, Keith’s career included numerous executive level positions including roles as President of Mayo Medical Laboratories and President of AmeriPath Esoteric Services and Specialty Labs. Keith earned a BS in Biological Sciences from Kansas State University, a MBA from Winona State University, MN and a Doctorate of Business Administration with a Health Services concentration (ABD) from Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FL.