We believe TEFCA is the future of interoperability and as one of the largest, vendor-neutral, nationwide health data exchange networks in the U.S. leveraging a Record Locator Service, TEFCA was basically designed around the way we do business. CommonWell not only has every intention of applying to be a QHIN, but we’re excited about its potential to improve health data exchange and empower patients and welcome our collaborators, partners and competitors to join us in supporting and building TEFCA. We feel so strongly about it we’ve created a new suite of social media graphics to share our support and give our members an opportunity to join in on the fun as well. Follow us @CommonWell as we roll them out over the next few weeks. To learn more about CommonWell, [...]
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CommonWell has been building and scaling a nationwide health data exchange network since 2013. In just under 10 years, it has grown to include more than 80 unique members and build a nationwide network that started with a few thousand provider organizations and now connects more than 27,000. This progress was made possible, in part, to its dedicated members--which represent more than 20 care settings, including market leaders and technology innovators in acute, ambulatory and post-acute care, patient portals, imaging, population health, emergency services, data locator services and more. CommonWell continues to innovate and thrive thanks to this robust membership. So, every year we talk about these important relationships during CommonWell TV by asking the simple question: Why did your organization join CommonWell? At athenahealth, we’re thinking [...]
This month marked the start of the 2022 Atlantic hurricane season, which stretches through November 30. With one named stormed already underway, The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration is anticipating an above average season—with a 70 percent chance the 2022 Atlantic hurricane season will bring 14 to 21 named storms, or storms with winds of 39 mph or higher; six to 10 hurricanes with winds of 74 mph or greater; and three to six major hurricanes, with winds of at least 111 mph. What does hurricane season have to do with interoperability? More than you might realize. We recently had an opportunity to hear a powerful anecdote about the importance of interoperability and health data exchange from Scott Afzal, President of CommonWell member, Audacious Inquiry. “We developed a disaster preparedness response [...]
Recently, CommonWell held its first ever FHIR Connectathon, during which 11 of our Service Adopters worked together along three focused tracks to expand FHIR technology on the network. In furtherance of that incredible spirit of collaboration we welcome four new Service Adopters to the Alliance! Let’s start with an excellent story from a longtime supporter of both interoperability and CommonWell: MEDHOST joined CommonWell as a Member back in 2016. They’ve now made the vault to Service Adopter, and we are honored to continue to partner in their journey. MEDHOST For over 35 years, MEDHOST has been providing products and services to healthcare facilities nationwide to enhance patient care and operational excellence with its clinical and financial solutions and services. MEDHOST solutions also include [...]
Recently, CommonWell hosted our first FHIR Connectathon under the working premise that the best way to figure out what we don’t know is to get our hands dirty and start testing. Participants included 11 of our Service Adopters: athenahealth, Cancer Insights, Cerner, Health Gorilla, Inovalon, MEDHOST, MEDITECH, Oprable, Patientory, Seqster and WellSky. We ran three testing tracks, all with the primary goal of expanding our reach into the FHIR space. There were three main goals that I personally had set forth for the Alliance to address as a part of this concerted testing effort: Test work that had been developed but not yet released Gather feedback to inform technical Service Provider of any enhancements or defects to address for future development Increase participation within the Alliance community to test [...]
I sometimes describe Human API as the Plaid or PayPal for health care data. While these analogies may not fully hold up yet, I envision a future where humans like you and me can easily use our health data in ways that feel similar to how we can use our financial data to transact (think using PayPal for an eBay checkout or connecting your bank account to Venmo with Plaid). A world where there’s a transparent, simple and unified way for people to access and share their health data to accelerate innovation is a world where more people can live longer, healthier lives. I built Human API to help make this new world a reality sooner. We believe that giving people full control of their health data helps create [...]
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) health equity is achieved when every person has the opportunity to “attain his or her full health potential” and no one is “disadvantaged from achieving this potential because of social position or other socially determined circumstances.” Having a complete view of an individual’s clinical data is vital to achieving this. During CommonWell TV 2022, we asked our members to reflect on this very important topic by asking this question: Why is data quality critical, not just to improve data exchange, but to improve equity in health care? Read below for their responses and watch this year’s CommonWell TV videos here. Data quality underpins everything we all want to accomplish. If data is missing from a message, coded in a [...]
During CommonWell TV 2022, we took a page from the U.S. Health & Human Services Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and asked our members to speculate on the future of interoperability by asking them to finish this statement: Because of interop, by 2030… Read below for their reactions and watch this year’s CommonWell TV videos here. Personalized medicine will improve to a significant extent. Remote patient monitoring will take off to a different level. Patient ownership of data and understanding will increase therefore there will be a huge influx of solutions that allow people to use and improve their health by 2030. —Venkat Timmaraju, Founder & CEO, Oprable What’s more important is not what will happen but what should happen. In the next eight years, I would [...]
While there are regional and national interoperability hubs like CommonWell working at scale across the country, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT’s (ONC) recent Trusted Exchange Framework and the Common Agreement (TEFCA) aims at pushing the health IT industry to certify these hubs as highly scalable, highly secure utility grade systems and connect them via standardized exchange practices and patient search capabilities. TEFCA is asking entities that meet the set of qualifications it is now drawing up to become Qualified Health Information Networks (QHINs), which will work to connect with other QHINs to vastly expand interoperability across the United States. What does this mean for CommonWell and its members? CommonWell intends to be in the first wave of QHINs and is eagerly awaiting the final agreement including [...]
The Garage and Truentity Health are the latest organizations to join the Alliance.