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.
At our 2021 Fall Summit, a few representatives from the CommonWell Provider Advisory Council took part in a panel discussion to share key learnings straight from the providers who use our services the most. Check out the highlights.
We asked a few of our members – both new and old – to reflect on why they joined CommonWell and our #InteropDoneRight effort. Check out their answers in our newest blog.
CommonWell was founded on the simple premise that, working together, we can break down barriers to health data exchange. As part of our industry-wide collaborative effort, we knew having health care providers’ candid input and involvement was imperative to our shared success. That’s why CommonWell formed the Provider Advisory Council (PAC) in 2016. PAC members represent a cross-section of: Health care venues: urban and community hospitals, post-acute, ambulatory, specialty Roles: CEO, CIO, CMO, nurse, physician, pharmacist, IT, operations CommonWell Service Adopters: athenahealth, Cerner, eClinicalWorks, Evident, Health Gorilla, MatrixCare and more The 12-member Council meets with CommonWell leaders on a bi-monthly basis, ensuring the voices of providers, staff and patients are captured throughout all CommonWell efforts. Read on to get to know a few of our PAC members! [...]
Learn how CommonWell and its services have helped NVNA and Hospice as it provides home health, palliative care, hospice care, wellness and other critical public health services across 27 Massachusetts communities.