We recently caught up with Paul L Wilder, Executive Director of CommonWell Health Alliance to get his insights on the biggest wins of 2022 and what to expect from CommonWell in 2023.
Our newest blog explains why the CommonWell Record Locator Service (RLS) is critical to enhancing nationwide interoperability and to the success of TEFCA.
CommonWell Health Alliance Submits Letter Detailing Concerns Regarding Record Location Objectives of TEFCA and the QHIN Technical Framework Version 1.0Stephanie Weaver2022-12-27T02:27:38-06:00
If we assume 95% of your health care is local (within the 50 miles eHX describes above), is the 5% irrelevant? Our belief is the 5% is often critically important and the effect of ignoring this will have an outsized effect on individuals who already have issues with patient access and the care they can receive. This problem is especially acute for patients that move a lot or need to travel long distances for care including but not limited to migrants, people living in rural communities, active service and retired veterans, people moving for their education or work, and later moving to live near family, people with more than one home, people traveling distances to receive specialty health care or people simply traveling for leisure or to visit friends and [...]
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, [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
At this year’s HIMSS Interoperability Showcase™, CommonWell members will bring CommonWell services to life as they walk you through a year in the life of Oscar in the Nationwide Connected Care use case.