Just days following our CommonWell Fall Summit, where more than a hundred folks from our member companies came together to celebrate our past successes and work on our promising future, I am pleased to announce our 34th member of the Alliance – the Social Security Administration. As this is our first government agency to join CommonWell, we asked them to share their thoughts on why they felt it was important to become a member of CommonWell Health Alliance. Q – For those not as familiar with the SSA, can you provide a brief overview of your organization and describe the challenge you are trying to solve? A –The Social Security Administration is one of the largest disability programs in the world, requesting over 15 million medical records from almost every [...]
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CommonWell Annual General Meeting and Fall Summit Focuses on Lessons Learned, Expanding Nationwide InteroperabilityCommonWell2019-01-09T18:36:47+00:00
Last week, CommonWell Health Alliance held its Annual General Meeting and Fall Summit at MEDITECH’s Foxborough, MA campus. MEDITECH, which joined CommonWell in April of this year, was honored to host the Summit and especially excited to welcome all the member attendees to our new, state-of-the-art Joanne Wood Conference Center and Auditorium. As a “newcomer,” it was evident to me right from the start that all CommonWell members, many of whom are direct competitors, checked their vendor agendas at the door. All participants were solely focused on directing their energy towards developing and executing strategies for supporting the Alliance’s mission to provide interoperability solutions at a reasonable cost to improve the quality and safety of patient care. Jitin Asnaani, Executive Director of CommonWell, kicked us off by welcoming all new CommonWell [...]
What a difference a year makes! With the addition of our four newest members, CommonWell now has 33 members, nearly four times the members we had in September 2014. What is most exciting about this quarter’s announcement is that each of these members is already making plans for how they will provide CommonWell services to their clients. These newest members strengthen our representation in the ever-important oncology, telehealth and EMS as well as non-emergency medical transportation markets. Contributor Membership ESO ESO Solutions, Inc., is passionate about connecting pre-hospital emergency medicine to the rest of the healthcare continuum. From its industry leading EHR to the only agnostic pre-hospital interoperability platform, ESO strives to improve community health. General Membership Beyond Lucid Beyond Lucid Technologies, Inc., is an award-winning health and safety IT [...]
We are humbled to share that for the second time CommonWellAlliance.org has been recognized as an award-winning website. Earlier this month, the Digital Health Awards selected our redesigned site, which launched last October, as a bronze winner in the website category. It is an honor we share with our Digital Marketing agency Chatter Buzz Media. It is also an honor I share with all my CommonWell Marketing colleagues. Those who work to support CommonWell Health Alliance, most as volunteers from our member companies, embody the Alliance’s brand values of Partnerships, Transparency, Accountability, Inclusiveness and Integrity. This website brings those values to life. On behalf of my CommonWell colleagues, we appreciate the recognition of this collaborative effort and hope you come back often to see our latest news and updates. Jennifer [...]
Check it out! Our own Executive Director Jitin Asnaani was a guest columnist this week for Managed Healthcare Executive. Jump over and read his post — Five private sector interoperability initiatives to watch — on their blog.
Since our inception in 2013, CommonWell has focused on putting a face to our mission – from our fictitious cancer patient Susan taking us on the journey of how CommonWell works to our member company representatives sharing their view of why nationwide interoperability is a game changer. When we released our first Faces of CommonWell video in June 2013, we had 5 Founding Members and a vision. Today, we have 29 member companies and real world interoperability services live at provider sites across the nation. Our members’ commitment to action will soon contribute to improved health care delivery and outcomes. Check out our newest Faces of CommonWell video below.
I am excited to announce our latest membership additions. This month, we continue to build upon our strong representation from the wonderful health IT vendors market, and we begin to expand our membership to incorporate new healthcare stakeholders outside of the vendor community. We have four new General Members. Two are strong IT companies – Caremerge and T-System, who help providers care for patients by coordinating senior care and enabling urgent/emergent care, respectively. Caremerge Caremerge forges meaningful connections between providers, payers, families and seniors seeking to improve communication in today’s complex healthcare environment. With a revolutionary, easy-to-use cloud-based coordination platform, Caremerge keeps the entire care team informed through an intuitive interface that enables real-time staff interaction, provides families with peace of mind and improves overall senior wellness. T-System T-System is [...]
Do you remember using the internet in the mid-1990s? Before search engines had been invented? Before you had Google, Yahoo, Altavista, and so on? How much harder was it to find stuff on the internet? Did you use the Web as much as you do today? Was it even practical for you to do so? Health records face a similar predicament now as the internet faced back then. Today, there are millions of electronic files and reams of records across thousands of medical facilities in the US alone. Rarely is it that one person goes to the same doctor – or even the same medical center – for all of their health care needs. Most patients’ records are scattered throughout various medical systems and doctor’s offices all across hometowns and [...]
With the bipartisan legislation known as the 21st Century Cures Bill being drafted in the U.S. House of Representatives, which includes mandates that systems be interoperable by the end of 2017 or face reimbursement penalties, the conversation continues around how we can push interoperability forward even faster. And, that’s the right conversation. Person-centered interoperability is essential to our industry’s health reform transformation because data is driving value-based arrangements for care. As information becomes readily available when and where it’s needed, organizations can facilitate care coordination, drive physician alignment, reduce administrative complexity and engage patients in their care to ultimately accomplish population health. To make the conversation meaningful and productive, I think it’s instructive to define what true interoperability is and what it is not. Interoperability is not intra-operability that shares data only [...]
It’s the third and final day for the Exhibition at HIMSS15. For those of you at the conference, this probably means your feet are aching, your body would like a bit more sleep and your mind is racing to figure out how you are going to make it to all the booths you have yet to see before the show ends. We at CommonWell don’t look at today as our final day to showcase our services and efforts. We look at HIMSS as a starting point, taking away the ideas we have heard, the feedback received and the excitement felt for what we are doing. We also look at it as a way to make new friends and continue to keep connected throughout the year. That is one reason why [...]