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Date : 2/24/2014 - Location : Orlando, FL
Nation's leading integrated pharmacy health care provider will help support and advance the Alliance's interoperability initiatives

CommonWell Health Alliance (the "Alliance") – the health information technology (HIT) vendor-led interoperability effort – announced today that CVS Caremark (NYSE: CVS) has joined as one of the newest Contributing Members of the organization. CVS Caremark, the largest integrated pharmacy health care provider in the U.S., joins founding members Allscripts, athenahealth, Cerner, CPSI, Greenway, McKesson and Sunquest and service provider RelayHealth in the Alliance's work.

As the Alliance grows over time, participation by organizations such as CVS Caremark will help providers easily and securely access prescription information, enabling a more holistic view of the patient, with the goal of providing better care and increased patient and consumer safety. Through the Alliance, pharmacies and health care providers will be able to better connect with the broader health ecosystem.

"As pharmacies play an increasingly important role in the delivery of health care and pharmacists become more engaged in advising and counseling patients, there will be more opportunities to improve health outcomes through better data sharing across the provider community," said CVS Caremark Chief Medical Officer Troyen A. Brennan, M.D., M.P.H. "CommonWell will be well-positioned to help deliver real-time pharmacy-based information into physician practices to help identify opportunities to coordinate care and will help the pharmacist deliver care-based messages back to patients."

CVS Caremark will join CommonWell as a Contributing Member, building upon the foundation of the Alliance's structure and working with RelayHealth to embed these services natively into its pharmacy system.

"We are thrilled to have CVS Caremark join the CommonWell Health Alliance; they are a terrific complement to our existing membership and their decision to join is testament to the work we've accomplished over the past year," said Jeremy Delinsky, chairman of the board for the CommonWell Health Alliance and chief technology officer, athenahealth. "As an alliance, we look forward to working with CVS Caremark, recruiting and welcoming new members, and most importantly advancing the state of interoperability across healthcare."

If you are at HIMSS14, please join CommonWell Health Alliance at 12:30 pm ET today at CommonWell's booth #1389 as we welcome our new members and hear first-hand how they are planning to contribute to the universal interoperability mission.

The members of CommonWell Health Alliance invite health IT suppliers and others in support of our vision to join us in working together to provide trusted access to health information, in support of better, more cost-effective care for our patients and communities. Starting in July 2014, CommonWell will be offering two primary membership opportunities: Contributing and General Members. For more information on these membership levels, visit the CommonWell Health Alliance website or stop by CommonWell booth #1389 at HIMSS14.

About CommonWell Health Alliance
CommonWell Health Alliance is a not-for-profit 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.

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.

About CVS Caremark
CVS Caremark is dedicated to helping people on their path to better health as the largest integrated pharmacy company in the United States. Through the company's more than 7,600 CVS/pharmacy stores; its leading pharmacy benefit manager serving more than 60 million plan members; and its retail health clinic system, the largest in the nation with more than 800 MinuteClinic locations, it is a market leader in mail order, retail and specialty pharmacy, retail clinics, and Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plans. As a pharmacy innovation company with an unmatched breadth of capabilities, CVS Caremark continually strives to improve health and lower costs by developing new approaches such as its unique Pharmacy Advisor program that helps people with chronic diseases such as diabetes obtain and stay on their medications. Find more information about how CVS Caremark is reinventing pharmacy for better health at info.cvscaremark.com.

CommonWell Health Alliance Press Contact:

CommonWell Health Alliance
Dan Boyle
Hill+Knowlton Strategies
Phone: (310) 633-9413
Email: Daniel.Boyle@hkstrategies.com

CVS Caremark
Carolyn Castel
Phone: (401) 770-5717
Email: Carolyn.castel@cvscaremark.com

Date : 2/24/2014 - Location : Orlando, FL

CommonWell Health Alliance (the “Alliance”) – the health information technology (HIT) vendor-led interoperability effort – announced today that MEDHOST has joined as one of the newest Contributing Members of the organization. MEDHOST joins founding members Allscripts, athenahealth, Cerner, CPSI, Greenway, McKesson and Sunquest in the Alliance’s work. MEDHOST provides a broad portfolio of enterprise, departmental and community engagement solutions and services to more than 1,000 healthcare facilities nationwide.

Through intuitive user interfaces and enhanced workflow, MEDHOST solutions are designed to improve the clinical, financial and operational performance of healthcare providers and to address the many challenges facing providers today. By joining the CommonWell Health Alliance as a Contributing Member and working with CommonWell's current service provider, RelayHealth, MEDHOST can bring even more value to its Customers by offering an additional interoperability solution to assist in better identifying and linking patients across care communities.

"The missions of CommonWell and MEDHOST are closely aligned, specifically that we both are focused on reducing healthcare costs while improving quality of care. We believe that an interoperable healthcare system is good for all stakeholders and ultimately benefits patients, and the care they receive, the most," said Craig Herrod, president of MEDHOST. "As a healthcare technology and services innovator, MEDHOST believes in CommonWell and views this initiative as an important strategic step for the healthcare industry as it works to connect communities of care."

CommonWell's shared vision with its members is to help improve people's health outcomes and ensure providers have secure, always-available access by connecting health data across systems and settings of care. Through the expansion of its membership base, spanning IT service providers and pharmacy, the Alliance continues to march toward the goal of making patient data available to providers and patients regardless of where care occurs.

MEDHOST joins CommonWell members to build upon the foundation of the Alliance's structure and work with other members and service providers to expand the network of services.

"We are excited to welcome MEDHOST to the Alliance; their experience with healthcare IT is a valuable addition as we continue to expand CommonWell's membership and add providers who utilize its services," said Jeremy Delinsky, chairman of the board for the CommonWell Health Alliance and chief technology officer, athenahealth. "We look forward to making 2014 a year of breaking down health data silos that prevent providers from delivering the highest-quality patient care."

If you are at HIMSS14, please join CommonWell Health Alliance at 12:30 pm ET today at CommonWell's booth #1389 as we welcome our new members and hear first-hand how they are planning to contribute to the universal interoperability mission.

The members of CommonWell Health Alliance invite health IT suppliers and others in support of their vision to join us in working together to provide trusted access to health information, in support of better, more cost-effective care for our patients and communities. Starting in July 2014, CommonWell will be offering two primary membership opportunities: Contributing and General Members. For more information on these membership levels, visit the CommonWell Health Alliance website or stop by CommonWell booth #1389 at HIMSS14.

About CommonWell Health Alliance
CommonWell Health Alliance is a not-for-profit 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.

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.

About MEDHOST
MEDHOST, Inc. provides market-leading enterprise, departmental and healthcare engagement solutions to more than 1,000 healthcare facilities. Our intuitive, easy-to-use and SaaS-enabled solutions are complemented by a robust suite of managed hosting, outsourcing and consulting services that are changing how clinicians and hospital leaders work and communicate, while generating notable operational, patient flow, care and revenue improvements. MEDHOST delivers value by enabling hospitals of all types and all sizes to better manage care and the business of healthcare, as well as meet evolving regulatory requirements.

Connect with MEDHOST on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

CommonWell Health Alliance Press Contact:

CommonWell Health Alliance
Dan Boyle
Hill+Knowlton Strategies
Phone: (310) 633-9413
Email: Daniel.Boyle@hkstrategies.com

MEDHOST
Tony Katsulos
Jetstream PR for MEDHOST, Inc.
Phone: (972) 741-8545
Email: katsulos@jetstreampr.com

Date : 2/23/2014 - Location : Orlando, FL
Alliance's Achievements on Exhibit at HIMSS Booth #1389

CommonWell Health Alliance (the “Alliance”) – the health information technology (HIT) vendor-led interoperability effort – announced today that Tenet Healthcare Corporation (NYSE: THC), with 77 hospitals in 14 states, has signed a letter of intent to use the Alliance services. This comes two months after the announcement that participating providers from Chicago; Elkin and Henderson, NC; and Columbia, SC joined the initial launch of CommonWell’s interoperability services.

"We are excited to expand the rollout of CommonWell's interoperability services – another step forward in making patient data available for providers, regardless of where care is administered," said Jeremy Delinsky, chairman of the board for the CommonWell Health Alliance and chief technology officer, athenahealth. "CommonWell remains firmly committed to advancing interoperability across healthcare; we are encouraged by the support of Tenet, as well as by the progress of all live service sites."

As CommonWell moves into the next phase of its service launch, the Alliance looks forward to working with Tenet to bring the system onto its patient identification and matching, record locator, and document query and retrieval services.

"Tenet is committed to advancing technology with our hospitals and health care networks to ensure we're providing the right information when and where it's needed, enabling our providers to increase the efficiency and accuracy in care delivery and improve the quality of care in the communities we serve," said Bo McPartland, Tenet's vice president of IS Planning and Analytics. "We look forward to working with CommonWell in breaking down the health data silos that exist today."

Providers Involved in Initial Launch Are All "Live" and the Services and Use Case Specifications are Published

This news comes on the heels of another milestone for CommonWell. All sites named in December’s initial launch announcement have now been live and operational with the Alliance’s services for two to four weeks. They are now able to enroll patients into CommonWell’s service, identify whether other provider participants have data for a patient who is enrolled in the network when the patient is at their setting of care, and transmit data to another provider that has consent to view data on that enrolled patient.

CommonWell Health Alliance has subsequently published the services and use case specifications that provide detailed information on the initial core services, standards and workflow that allow the CommonWell members to embed the services created by the initial service provider, RelayHealth.

"Within 24 hours of our ‘go live', our team enrolled almost 200 patients in CommonWell's services and we continue to enroll additional patients," said Randy Williams, director of Information Technology at Maria Parham Medical Center, a HIMSS stage 6 hospital in Henderson, NC. "The demand for interoperability is there from both our providers and patients. We look forward to delivering higher-quality patient care through more seamless sharing of patient health data between providers."

Over a dozen initial service launch providers have been working alongside CommonWell members, testing the integration and training the providers' staff to enroll patients in the services. This work has allowed the Alliance to bring to production its vision of efficiently and accurately sharing patient health information across IT systems and enabling care providers with the patient clinical information that could impact patient care. Ultimately, the Alliance's vision and mission are to enable patients to be at the center of their health care with new tools to better manage who can access their medical history at the point of care.

Get More Information on CommonWell's Work at HIMSS Booth #1389

During this year's Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) 2014 Conference and Exposition, CommonWell Health Alliance will be on the exhibit floor at Booth #1389 to give conference attendees the most up-to-date information on the Alliance's progress toward interoperability and data liquidity. On Monday and Tuesday, providers who are already utilizing CommonWell's services will be sharing their experiences with booth visitors. And, on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, the Alliance will be providing live demonstrations of CommonWell's services at the booth.

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 health IT suppliers to join them in working together to provide seamless, trusted access to health information, in support of better, more cost-effective care for their 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 them on the Alliance's LinkedIn page, and like the Alliance's Facebook page.

CommonWell Health Alliance Press Contact:

Dan Boyle
Hill+Knowlton Strategies
Phone: (310) 633-9413
Email: Daniel.Boyle@hkstrategies.com

Date : 12/11/2013 - Location : Washington, DC
CommonWell Health Alliance (the “Alliance”) – the health information technology (HIT) vendor-led interoperability effort – announced today that Chicago, Illinois; Elkin and Henderson, North Carolina; and Columbia, South Carolina have been selected as participating regions for its first rollout of CommonWell’s interoperability services. Additional provider sites and geographies will be announced in the coming months.

Some of the provider sites involved in this effort include Lake Shore Obstetrics & Gynecology (Chicago, IL), Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital (Elkin, NC), Maria Parham Medical Center (Henderson, NC), Midlands Orthopaedics (Columbia, SC), and Palmetto Health (Columbia, SC). The goal of this program is to connect providers from across the health care continuum to exchange health data between disparate care settings – a critical component to improving care efficiency, quality, and outcomes.

“Our work in these regions is an important step in the Alliance’s commitment toward making patient data available to both patients and providers, regardless of where care is administered,” said Jeremy Delinsky, chairman of the board for the CommonWell Health Alliance and chief technology officer, athenahealth. “Regions within Illinois, North Carolina and South Carolina were chosen because they provide a good footprint of the Alliance’s founding member companies’ health IT systems, along with a strong desire among clients to make interoperability a reality. We have the right players on board, and we’re eager and committed to improve care coordination through advancing data liquidity.”

The Alliance’s seven founding members – Allscripts, athenahealth, Cerner, CPSI, Greenway, McKesson and Sunquest along with RelayHealth, the service provider for the effort – represent 42 percent of the acute and 23 percent of the ambulatory EHR market1. The Alliance intends for all member companies to participate in the initial launch, bringing their expertise in working across acute care, ambulatory, rural and laboratory providers.

Scheduled to start at the beginning of 2014, the initial launch provides an opportunity for the Alliance to bring to production its vision of cross-vendor data liquidity, demonstrating that the vendor members will be able to efficiently and accurately share patient medical information across IT systems. The Alliance members, RelayHealth and the participating provider sites will be validating a unique patient-centric identity and matching approach, as well as a consent-driven record sharing and retrieval process across care facilities. Specifically, the initial participating providers will be supporting the launch by enrolling patients into the service and managing patient consent protocol; identifying whether other provider participants have data for a patient that is enrolled in the network when the patient is at their setting of care; and transmitting data to another provider that has consent to view data on that enrolled patient.

For participating providers, these interoperability services will improve the speed and efficiency with which they are able to access the patients’ data, regardless of which HIT system other providers are using. Patients will be better empowered to control access to their data through an opt in process and to facilitate the linking of their records by confirming matches and by providing additional information, such as a driver’s license, to further validate their identity. Ultimately, the Alliance’s vision and mission are to enable patients to be at the center of their health care with new tools to better manage who can access their medical history and when.

Chicago, Illinois
Chicago is saturated by the presence of many health systems, practices and health IT systems. The initial launch will focus on multiple ambulatory practices using a cross section of health IT systems, including Chicago Lake Shore Medical Associates – Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation and Lake Shore Obstetrics & Gynecology. While initially focused on ambulatory practices, the Alliance recognizes the great potential to expand to a variety of health care systems and practices in the Chicago metropolitan area over time.

“The blueprint for delivering high-quality and high-value health care does not just encourage interoperability, it requires it,” said Phyllis Wright, practice manager at Lake Shore Obstetrics & Gynecology. “As an academic and hospital-affiliated practice, we are constantly pursuing best practices within coordinated care, so we are excited to join CommonWell’s approach toward secure and patient-friendly data structures contributing to the maturity of information exchange across care settings.”

Elkin and Henderson, North Carolina
In North Carolina, the launch will focus on exchanging patient data between acute and ambulatory practices. Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital (HCMH) and Hugh Chatham Family Medicine will be the participants in Elkin, while Maria Parham Medical Center and Premier Women’s Health Professionals will be the participants in Henderson. In North Carolina, the launch enables the sharing of patient data across rural settings and county lines, as these patients often drive far to receive care.

“Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital is pleased to be included in CommonWell Health Alliance’s launch,” said Lee Powe, chief information officer at HCMH. “The sharing of patient data is critical to improving health care quality and patient outcomes, as well as reducing costs to patients, providers and payors. HCMH believes participation in this effort supports our Vision and Mission.”

Randy Williams, Director of Information Technology at Maria Parham Medical Center, said, “Even though there have been significant advancements in health care integration or collaboration, there remains a technological barrier to delivering higher quality care to patients; that’s the inability to universally exchange health data between providers at different care settings. We are looking forward to working with CommonWell and the other providers to refine the technologies that bring us closer to true interoperability.”

Columbia, South Carolina
CommonWell is enhancing the existing Health Information Exchange (HIE) experience for customers in the Columbia, SC region by enabling Palmetto Health, an acute care facility; and Midlands Orthopaedics and Capital City OBGYN ambulatory practices to exchange patient data without having to navigate outside of their native electronic health record system.

“We know firsthand how the lack of seamless data flow between clinicians can be a challenge in delivering excellent care. Palmetto Health has patients that interact with a number of different providers,” said Tripp Jennings, M.D., system vice president, medical informatics officer of Palmetto Health. “We are pleased to be part of this interoperability effort with CommonWell because breaking down health data silos and having patient health data available to providers, no matter the setting of care, will improve quality and the patient experience.”

“We pride ourselves on offering comprehensive care. Unfortunately, as soon as that care involves providers in other settings, a truly integrated treatment record is difficult to access, let alone maintain,” said AnnMargaret McCraw, CEO, Midlands Orthopaedics, PA. “Despite tremendous advances in electronic health records, communication among diverse systems is poor. We’ve signed up for CommonWell because we believe that achieving true interoperability among EHRs is fundamental to improving healthcare.”

CommonWell Health Alliance looks to expand upon this initial set of participants and anticipates announcing preliminary results from this initial service launch at the Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Annual Conference & Exhibition to be held in February 2014. This effort also will inform how to extend this program to additional geographies in 2014, enabling the Alliance to continue refining its services toward nationwide interoperability.

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.

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Press Contact

Dan Boyle
Hill+Knowlton Strategies
Phone: (310) 633-9413
Email: Daniel.Boyle@hkstrategies.com

Date : 10/30/2013 - Location : Washington, DC
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 representative
Jeremy 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

Date : 7/24/2013 - Location : Washington, DC
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: bob.humphrey@cpsinet.com

Sunquest
Ajay Kapare
Phone: (520) 570-2868
Email: Ajay.Kapare@sunquestinfo.com

Date : 7/22/2013
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.

Date : 4/23/2013
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.

Date : 3/4/2013 - Location : Orleans
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.

Date : 3/4/2013 - Location : Orleans
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

“The formation of the CommonWell Health Alliance will be a significant step forward toward the electronic exchange of health information to support clinicians and patients,” said Janet Marchibroda, director of the Health Innovation Initiative at the Bipartisan Policy Center. “The founding members of the Alliance are focused on exactly the right foundational areas, and it’s terrific to see industry leaders stepping up to solve the problem of interoperability on behalf of providers and patients everywhere.”

“Allscripts’ vision has been to create a true Connected Community of Health. We believe open platforms are required to realize that vision and make the improvements our health care delivery system needs to dramatically improve outcomes while reducing cost,” said Paul Black, president and CEO, Allscripts. “This alliance provides a framework that will enable patient identification and record-sharing for providers across the nation. This is good for care providers, for patients and for the country. We are proud to be a founding member and to help lead this important effort.”

“Greenway has anticipated this evolution to a smarter health care system based on open collaboration and data flow,” said Tee Green, president and CEO, Greenway. “We’ve been telling caregivers the marketplace can provide it and sustain it, and they are right to expect it. Consumers are no different, and a patient-enabled approach to data access will foster a deeper and more efficient patient-provider relationship. Allowing data to flow more freely fits the needs of a mobile society just as providers are taking on more financial risk in coordinating care. We are committed to the Alliance goals and our ongoing participation as this initiative grows.”

“We’ve built athenahealth on the vision that health care needs an information backbone that facilitates and incents true health information exchange. However, the promise of the free flow of health information and the reality of it today are worlds apart,” said Jonathan Bush, CEO and chairman, athenahealth, Inc. “We support the CommonWell Health Alliance because we believe that being open matters, especially when it comes to patient care. CommonWell’s efforts to bring major developers together to pilot patient linking and matching across IT systems and care settings is an important step in the right direction. We look forward to helping lead these efforts as a founding member of the Alliance.”

Members of the Alliance are committed to collaborating with all HIT developers to realize the vision of integrated health care and encourage other HIT companies to join the CommonWell Health Alliance by visiting www.commonwellalliance.org. The founding members of the Alliance will be holding a press conference on March 4, 2013, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. CT at the HIMSS 2013 Annual Conference and Exhibition in New Orleans. The event will also be livestreamed at www.webcasts.com/March4PressEvent. Please visit www.commonwellalliance.org for additional details.

About CommonWell Health Alliance
CommonWell Health Alliance is anticipated to be an independent not-for-profit trade association of HIT companies that will work together to create universal access to patient health care data. The Alliance will be open to all health information technology developers that 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-in to health information technologies at a reasonable cost for use by a broad range of health care providers and the patients they serve.

The founding 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.

About Cerner
Cerner Corp. (NASDAQ: CERN) is contributing to the systemic change of health and care delivery. For more than 30 years Cerner has been executing its vision to make health care safer and more efficient. We started with the foundation of digitizing paper processes and now offer the most comprehensive array of information software, professional services, medical device integration, remote hosting and employer health and wellness services. Cerner systems are used by everyone from individual consumers, to single-doctor practices, hospitals, employers and entire countries. Taking what we’ve learned over more than three decades, Cerner is building on the knowledge that is in the system to support evidence-based clinical decisions, prevent medical errors and empower patients in their care.

Cerner® solutions are licensed by approximately 10,000 facilities around the world, including more than 2,700 hospitals; 4,150 physician practices; 45,000 physicians; 550 ambulatory facilities, such as laboratories, ambulatory centers, behavioral health centers, cardiac facilities, radiology clinics and surgery centers; 800 home health facilities; 40 employer sites and 1,750 retail pharmacies.

About McKesson
McKesson Corporation (NYSE: MCK), currently ranked 14th on the FORTUNE 500, is a healthcare services and information technology company dedicated to making the business of healthcare run better. We partner with payers, hospitals, physician offices, pharmacies, pharmaceutical companies and others across the spectrum of care to build healthier organizations that deliver better care to patients in every setting. McKesson helps its customers improve their financial, operational, and clinical performance with solutions that include pharmaceutical and medical-surgical supply management, healthcare information technology, and business and clinical services. For more information, visit us at www.mckesson.com.

About Allscripts
Allscripts (NASDAQ: MDRX) delivers the insights that healthcare providers require to generate world-class outcomes. The company's Electronic Health Record, practice management and other clinical, revenue cycle, connectivity and information solutions create a Connected Community of Health™ for physicians, hospitals and post-acute organizations. To learn more about Allscripts, please visit www.allscripts.com, Twitter, YouTube and It Takes A Community: The Allscripts Blog.

About athenahealth
athenahealth, Inc. is a leading provider of cloud-based Best in KLAS electronic health record (EHR), practice management, and care coordination services to medical groups and health systems. Athenahealth’s mission is to be the most trusted service to medical care givers, helping them do well by doing the right thing. For more information, please visit www.athenahealth.com or call 888-652-8200.

About Greenway Medical Technologies
Greenway Medical Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: GWAY) delivers innovative software and business service solutions for healthcare providers through its PrimeSUITE® platform. As a certified and fully integrated electronic health record, practice management and interoperability solution, Greenway PrimeSUITE helps improve care coordination, quality and cost-efficiency as part of a smarter, sustainable healthcare system. Thousands of care providers across primary care and more than 30 specialties and sub-specialties use cloud-based or on-premise Greenway® solutions in healthcare enterprises, physician practices and clinics nationwide. www.greenwaymedical.com.

About RelayHealth
RelayHealth, McKesson’s connectivity business, enables the trusted exchange of clinical, financial and administrative information between patients, providers, payers, pharmacies, pharmaceutical manufacturers and government agencies. RelayHealth processes nearly 16 billion healthcare transactions annually by integrating the delivery of high-quality care and improving the financial outcomes for its customers. For more information, call 888.743.8735, or visit our Web site at www.RelayHealth.com. Follow us on Twitter (@RelayHealth) or visit the RelayHealth Facebook page.

CommonWell Health Alliance Member Press Contacts

CommonWell Health Alliance
Sunok Pak
Hill+Knowlton Strategies
Phone: (415) 216-5528
Email: Sunok.Pak@HKStrategies.com

Cerner
Jennifer Bosshardt
Phone: (816) 816-885-5663
Email: jennifer.bosshardt@cerner.com

McKesson
Kris Fortner
Phone: (415) 983-8352
Email: Kris.fortner@mckesson.com

Allscripts
Ariana Nikitas
Phone: (773) 490-5657
Email: Ariana.nikitas@allscripts.com

athenahealth
Holly Spring
Phone: (781) 888-8219
Email: hspring@athenahealth.com

Greenway
James Robinson (GCI Health)
Phone: (404) 259-5542
Email: james.robinson@gcihealth.com

RelayHealth
Lynne Durham
Phone: (770) 237-7506
Email: Lynne.durham@relayhealth.com