National Health IT Week is a time to reflect on the impact of health IT in the U.S. – on the system and the individuals we serve. What struck me about the role of HIT this year was the poignant plight of evacuees in the face of disaster. From wildfires in Montana and California to Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria throughout our southern states and territories, adversity forced thousands of Americans out of their homes and their communities. During natural tragedies like these, we immediately think about the loss of life, property and basic amenities like power and water. We don’t usually think about the loss of access to data, because it seems like a relatively minor inconvenience. But when individuals are in acute life situations – whether their health [...]
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As our Executive Director Jitin Asnaani said in our Summer Update back in June, CommonWell continues to rock and roll - both in terms of interoperability and in the news. During this past month, Jitin has shared his insights with Becker’s Hospital Review in a Q&A about the Alliance, the challenges of achieving true interoperability in healthcare and what the future might hold for Health IT. “As organizations and initiatives similar to CommonWell continue to drive forward services that more easily enable data exchange among disparate systems, we'll continue to get closer to a world in which nationwide interoperability is an everyday utility.… The future is bright, but the journey to get there is long and, at times, arduous. Success is critical to improving a provider's ability to deliver quality, person-centered [...]
CommonWell Health Alliance continues to grow and expand our diverse group of members. With the addition of these newest six members, CommonWell now has almost 70 members representing more than 20 settings of care. These newest members range from data sharing networks and systems integrators to identity platforms and industry associations, serving patients and caregivers across the care continuum. Together, we are leveraging our collective experiences to improve the delivery of health care through the nationwide exchanging of data. Contributor Member Kno2™ Kno2™ optimizes patient document exchange for everyone in healthcare, ranging from fully integrated delivery networks to independent care providers. Kno2's cloud solution, along with our community outreach services drives connectivity and standards-based interoperability to entire communities affordably and effectively. General Members BridgeHead Software With more than 20 years [...]
MEDITECH Among the First Members in the Alliance to deploy the Argonaut Project’s FHIR specifications to customers MEDITECH announced it is set to offer CommonWell interoperability services in early 2018. The deployment will enable healthcare organizations to exchange patient information seamlessly for improved patient care and quality outcomes. Advancing interoperability initiatives has always been a cornerstone of MEDITECH’s healthcare IT vision. We are proud to partner with CommonWell Health Alliance in providing MEDITECH customers access to the CommonWell network, enabling faster and simpler exchange of protected health data across the care continuum. MEDITECH is working closely with Alliance members to ensure its services will seamlessly weave into providers’ and administrators’ workflows. By leveraging its work with the Argonaut Project, MEDITECH will be among the first members in the Alliance to [...]
Last Thursday, a great man and health IT visionary was laid to rest. The cofounder of Cerner, Neal Patterson worked every day over the last four decades to improve the delivery of health care. One of his greatest passions was to remove the barriers to health data exchange. And as such, Neal was one of the first and biggest champions of CommonWell Health Alliance. When Farzad Mostashari, former National Coordinator for Health IT, discussed the subject in May 2012 at a Bipartisan Coalition meeting, noting that the federal government was legally constrained from implementing an official “National Patient Identifier,” he challenged the group with “you need to solve this problem yourselves.” We took that challenge seriously. Neal was one of the first leaders we talked to about creating an alliance [...]
PODCAST: Jitin Asnaani Featured by EHRIntelligence | Putting Health IT Interoperability into Action at CommonWellCommonWell2019-01-10T19:44:02+00:00
Take a listen to our Executive Director Jitin Asnaani’s podcast interview with Kyle Murphy of EHRIntelligence. In this podcast, Jitin discusses CommonWell commitment to person-centered care, progress to date and highlighted announcements such as API development and the use of the updated HL7® FHIR® specifications. The interview also expanded further on how CommonWell and its efforts coincide with other critical industry issues, including precision medicine, health IT policy (e.g., MIPS) and regional HIEs. “[CommonWell is] trying to solve a simple problem which is wherever a patient goes, their data from wherever they’ve been—within that hospital, within that community, within that region, anywhere within the US—should be available to those taking care of that patient at that time.” To listen to the podcast and view the interview transcript in its entirety, [...]
It’s hard to believe that 2017 is already almost half over. The CommonWell team –a dogged group of volunteers with unmatched passion and determination (for interoperability of all things!) – continues to lay ever-more-pipeline to facilitate health data exchange nationwide. Mark my words: being an open, collaborative, vendor-neutral organization is not easy. How I miss the corporate days when I had my own resources and could set my own priorities, and could more or less bring everyone else for the ride whenever I was ready to share what we’ve been up to. Of course, I’ve traded off that level of nimbleness for the impact that we get through collaboration. In the four years since we first birthed CommonWell as a game-changing “Little Engine That Could” organization, we’ve grown from a [...]
Check out our Executive Director Jitin Asnaani’s podcast interview with Dr. Steve Ambrose of Red Hot Healthcare. In the podcast, Asnaani discusses his passions inside and outside health care, his insights on patient empowerment and how CommonWell is aiming to change the industry for the common good. “The biggest uptake in CommonWell services—in terms of organizations joining CommonWell—has probably come from PHR and consumer facing market because of the demand from consumers to actually have a say and some control in their healthcare.” To listen to the whole podcast, visit https://redhothealthcare.com/interoperability/
In 2013, Cerner was one of seven companies that founded CommonWell Health Alliance. Today, Cerner, along with other CommonWell member companies, has helped bring more than 5,000 providers live on CommonWell services. Circle Health was one of the first acute facilities to take CommonWell services live via Cerner. Circle Health quickly identified that many ambulatory practices in their network had the eClinicalWorks EHR in their offices and its physicians and patient population could benefit if eClinicalWorks participated in CommonWell. In 2016, eClinicalWorks joined CommonWell as a contributing member and quickly moved to building CommonWell services into its EHR to advance affordable nationwide health data sharing. Earlier this year, Circle Health and eClinicalWorks piloted eClinicalWorks’ first connection to CommonWell, which was implemented at one of Circle Health’s employed practices, Primary Care [...]
It seems only fitting that as we kick off today at the HIMSS17 conference in Orlando with 40,000+ of our industry colleagues we welcome six new members into CommonWell Health Alliance. Ranging from EHR companies to HIEs and specialty HIT systems, our membership continues to grow not only in numbers but in diversity as well. Together, with these new members, CommonWell is now well more than 60 members strong, and we are all working together to improve the accessibility of health data for providers and the individuals they serve. Audacious Inquiry Audacious Inquiry (Ai) is a health information technology and policy company working to make healthcare smarter and more connected for their government, private, and non-profit stakeholders. As a certified B-Corporation, Ai uses the “power of business” to solve problems [...]