CommonWell Health Alliance, a collaborative effort of health information technology suppliers focused on achieving interoperability and data liquidity between systems, today announced the election of its Board of Directors that will govern and guide the organization for the coming year. The individuals selected to lead the organization by its members are: Jeremy Delinsky, Board chairman & athenahealth representativeJeremy joined athenahealth in 2004 and currently serves as its Chief Technology Officer, responsible for the company’s Software Development, User Experience, Product Management, and Technology infrastructure organizations. He also serves as a member of the Health Information Technology Standards Committee. Rich Elmore, Board vice chairman & Allscripts representative Rich currently serves as Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at Allscripts, focusing on innovations, managing exploration and execution of strategic partnerships and acquisitions. He also has extensive experience working with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and other leading industry organizations. Bob Robke, Board treasurer & Cerner representative Bob is currently a Vice President at Cerner where he oversees Cerner’s connectivity services, including interoperability services, health information exchange and personal health records. Rod O’Reilly, Board secretary & McKesson representative Rod O’Reilly is senior vice president of Strategy and Business Development for McKesson Technology Solutions. O’Reilly provides leadership for portfolio management, mergers and acquisitions, and integrated strategic planning for Better Health 2020™ and other MTS key priorities. Scott Schneider, CPSI representative Scott currently serves as Executive Vice President at CPSI. He has been with CPSI for 30 years, having begun his career there in 1983 and has held a number of positions, including Senior Vice President of Corporate and Business Development, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, and Sales Director. Justin T. Barnes, Greenway representative Justin is the Vice President of Industry and Government Affairs at Greenway Medical Technologies, Inc. He also is Chairman Emeritus of the HIMSS Electronic Health Record Association and Co-Chairman of the Accountable Care Community of Practice. Keith Laughman, Sunquest representative Keith is currently serving as Executive Vice President of Community Care Solutions at Sunquest, where he focuses on strategic growth areas including ACO’s, outreach, and patient-centric care. “CommonWell is a collaborative organization, set out to advance interoperability in health care. It’s a formation of leaders in health IT, all collectively pooling experiences and knowledge to overcome the technology and process barriers of making data flow in health care once and for all,” said Jeremy Delinsky, Chairman of CommonWell Health Alliance and CTO of athenahealth, Inc. “The Alliance has made tremendous progress on architecting what we believe will begin as a region-based data exchange pilot, and grow into a national solution of how health information can follow the patient across care settings and technology platforms. This solution would work out of the box, without expensive integration work, and with a great user-experience for providers. I’m proud and fortunate to have such distinguished colleagues and partners on the Board to achieve the goals set out by CommonWell.” Earlier this month, the Alliance formally incorporated as a trade association. CommonWell Health Alliance is committed to create a vendor-neutral platform to break down the technological and process barriers that currently inhibit effective health data exchange. As an industry trade association, the Alliance will define and promote a national infrastructure with common platforms and policies. About CommonWell Health Alliance CommonWell Health Alliance is a trade association of health IT companies working together to create universal access to health care data. The Alliance is open to all health information technology providers who are committed to making patient’s data available to themselves and providers regardless of where care occurs. Alliance members support the belief that provider access to this data must be built into health information technologies at a reasonable cost for use by a broad range of health care providers and the populations and people they serve. The members of CommonWell Health Alliance invite all HIT suppliers to join us in working together to provide seamless, trusted access to health information, in support of better, more cost-effective care for our patients and communities. To learn more about the CommonWell Health Alliance, please visit www.commonwellalliance.org, and read CommonWell Community blog. Also follow CommonWell on Twitter at @CommonWell, join us on the Alliance’s LinkedIn page, and like the Alliance’s Facebook page.Press Contact Dan Boyle Hill+Knowlton Strategies Phone: (310) 633-9413 Email: Daniel.Boyle@hkstrategies.com
CommonWell Health Alliance Welcomes New Members CPSI and Sunquest to Support and Advance Interoperability Initiatives
CommonWell Health Alliance today announced that Computer Programs and Systems, Inc. (CPSI) and Sunquest Information Systems have joined as the newest members of the organization. They join members Allscripts, athenahealth, Cerner, Greenway Medical Technologies and McKesson and service provider RelayHealth in the Alliance’s work. CommonWell Health Alliance is a collaborative effort of health information technology suppliers that are focused on achieving interoperability and data liquidity between systems, in compliance with patient authorizations. The Alliance will define, promote and certify a national infrastructure with common platforms and policies. It also will ensure that Health IT products displaying the Alliance seal are certified to work on the national infrastructure. “We’re glad to be part of CommonWell Health Alliance to achieve data liquidity as a critical foundation for delivering better-coordinated, more-effective care,” said CPSI President and Chief Executive Officer Boyd Douglas. “Our experience as one of the leading providers in electronic health record systems to rural, community and critical access hospitals ensures that this important segment of the health care system is represented in CommonWell’s interoperability efforts.” CPSI has 34 years of experience in the rural and community hospital setting. The company implements and supports the CPSI EHR System in more than 650 rural and community hospitals across the nation. “Sunquest is proud to be a member of CommonWell Health Alliance and excited to be part of this movement to achieve interoperability and data liquidity,” said Richard Atkin, President of Sunquest. “Lack of interoperability across laboratories, hospitals and ambulatory offices and difficulty in patient matching during that effort threatens the physical health of our population and impairs the efficiency and effectiveness of the health care system.” Sunquest is the first member of the Alliance that is solely dedicated to health information technology services specific to laboratory and diagnostic facilities; the company works with 37 percent of hospitals in the United States. Today, laboratory results play a significant role in the medical treatments clinicians choose, with more than 70 percent of diagnostic decisions relying on these results. “We’re excited to have CPSI and Sunquest as the next members of our Alliance,” said Tee Green, president and chief executive officer of Greenway, a founding member of CommonWell. “Health IT providers are best positioned to achieve interoperability by collaborating in ways that can eliminate care inefficiencies and unnecessary costs caused by health data fragmentation. The industry must transform the current segregated and stifled health data landscape into one that creates universal access to relevant consumer information to better coordinate care and improve population health.” CPSI and Sunquest join the Alliance on the heels of CommonWell’s latest member summit last week, where member companies continued to establish its governance structure, IT standards, develop its services and plan its upcoming 2013 pilot program. More information on these efforts will be made available within the coming months. About CommonWell Health Alliance CommonWell Health Alliance is anticipated to be an independent not-for-profit trade association of health IT companies that will work together to create universal access to health care data. The Alliance will be open to all health information technology providers who are committed to making patient’s data available to themselves and providers regardless of where care occurs. Alliance members will support the belief that provider access to this data must be built into health information technologies at a reasonable cost for use by a broad range of health care providers and the populations and people they serve. To learn more about the CommonWell Health Alliance, please visit www.commonwellalliance.org, and read CommonWell Community blog. Also follow CommonWell on Twitter at @CommonWell and like the Alliance’s Facebook page. About Computer Programs and Systems, Inc. (CPSI) CPSI (NASDAQ: CPSI) is a leading provider of electronic health records systems for more than 650 community, rural and critical access hospitals and their 12,000 providers. Founded in 1979, the company is dedicated to meeting the ever-changing needs of health IT, while optimizing the quality of care for communities in 45 states and the District of Columbia. CPSI provides a complete information and patient care system from business office to bedside combined with comprehensive implementation, training and ongoing support from our staff of more than 1,400 healthcare and business professionals. CPSI’s wholly owned subsidiary, TruBridge, focuses exclusively on providing business office, consulting and managed IT services to rural and community healthcare organizations, regardless of their IT vendor. To join the conversation with CPSI, connect with us on Facebook, Twitter (@cpsiehr) and on the CPSI blog. About Sunquest Information Systems Sunquest is the market leader in the laboratory, delivering diagnostic information technology and outreach solutions designed to fulfill the business objectives of today’s healthcare leaders. Sunquest is committed to providing comprehensive solutions that deliver quality diagnoses, optimize efficiency, improve patient safety, and respond to a changing market. With more than 30 years of experience, Sunquest continues to be the chosen partner for more than 1700 laboratories and over 300,000 end users worldwide. Sunquest serves the global marketplace with reliable technology for mission critical applications, enabling providers to deliver optimal care across their network. Sunquest has redefined the lab, empowering its partners to turn results into knowledge.Press Contacts CommonWell Health Alliance Hieu Nguyen Hill+Knowlton Strategies Phone: (202) 944-5122 Email: Hieu.Nguyen@HKStrategies.com CPSI Robert Humphrey Phone: (800) 711-2774 Email: email@example.com Sunquest Ajay Kapare Phone: (520) 570-2868 Email: Ajay.Kapare@sunquestinfo.com
Since announcing the CommonWell Health Alliance, we have been working diligently towards seeing our vision of data liquidity come to life. We invite you to attend our upcoming webinar, Overview and Update on CommonWell where we will provide an update on progress and deeper understanding of how we are moving towards our mission. Specifically, we will address the CommonWell mission and vision, current members, pilot goals and status, Alliance governance, and how to keep in touch as the pilot progresses. We have scheduled a few dates to help accommodate schedules. Please see the calendar of webinars below. Each webinar will cover the same content; please only register for one. To register, select the date best suited for you from the below calendar. Once registration is complete, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions for joining the webinar.
CommonWell Health Alliance Founding Members Submit Comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
To help advance interoperability and health information exchange of health care data, the founding members of the CommonWell Health Alliance submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, reinforcing their commitment to collaborate with health IT suppliers and leverage existing standards and supplement only where needed. We emphasized the importance of creating an open forum for secure patient data exchange and removing data access barriers. We also stressed the importance for alignment and consistency between programs and standards such as privacy and security; Meaningful Use; Medicare Shared Saving Program and Patient-Centered Medical Homes. By coordinating efforts to improve interoperability and overall delivery of health care, the Alliance's mission and vision reflect a belief the industry can achieve the triple aim – better care, better population health and reduced cost of health care. Read the full submission here.
David McCallie of Cerner Corporation and Arien Malec of RelayHealth discuss the historic CommonWell Health Alliance announced Monday, March 4th at HIMSS13 in New Orleans. Click here to watch the interview on YouTube.
Cerner, McKesson, Allscripts, athenahealth, Greenway and RelayHealth Announce Ground Breaking Alliance to Enable Integrated Health Care
First-of-its-kind effort to transform quality and cost effectiveness by enabling data liquidity across systems, settings and episodes of care. Top health care information technology (HIT) companies Cerner, McKesson, Allscripts, athenahealth, Greenway Medical Technologies® and RelayHealth announced today the launch of the CommonWell Health Alliance™, planned to be an independent not-for-profit organization that will support universal, trusted access to health care data through seamless interoperability. This historic effort is aimed at improving the quality of care delivery while working to lower costs for care providers, patients and the industry as a whole. The Alliance intends to be a collaborative effort of suppliers who are focused on achieving data liquidity between systems, in compliance with patient authorizations. The Alliance will define, promote and certify a national infrastructure with common platforms and policies. It also will ensure that HIT products displaying the Alliance seal are certified to work on the national infrastructure. “Today’s announcement represents an inflection point in health care, with key industry leaders coming together to support the delivery of a national health information exchange,” said John Hammergren, chairman and CEO, McKesson Corporation. “The formation of this alliance takes health care a step closer to broad industry interoperability. A national and trusted health information exchange will break down the information silos in health care and should dramatically improve the quality and cost effectiveness of care delivery. Creating data liquidity between all HIT developers is fundamental to improving patient care, enhancing the vitality of the health care industry, and strengthening the long-term health of our nation.” “We believe the industry needs to step up to the challenges of interoperability,” noted Neal Patterson, co-founder, chairman, CEO and president, Cerner. “If we can rise to the challenge as an industry, we have a chance to deliver a golden era of health care. It is a system where consumers not only have a right to their data, but also have the ability to mobilize it in the pursuit of better health. This alliance is about setting aside the admittedly tough politics of this issue to do what is right for the health care consumer. We at Cerner are proud to play a leadership role in this exciting effort.” Elements of the Alliance’s national infrastructure will be tested in a local pilot within the next year. Early components will include the following core services:
- Cross-entity patient linking and matching services: Help developers and providers link and match patients as they transition through care facilities, regardless of the underlying software system
- Patient consent and data access management: Foster HIPAA-compliant and simple patient-centered management of data sharing consents and authorizations
- Patient record locator and directed query services: Help providers deliver a history of recent patient care encounters, and, with appropriate authorization, patient data across multiple providers and episodes of care