There are very few people who can say they haven’t felt the stress of being away from home and experiencing a health scare. Whether it was you or a loved one, the thought might even evoke a haunting memory—especially in a world where your clinical records haven’t been easily accessible.

This common scenario is one of the reasons CommonWell exists today. 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.

Meet Oscar

Oscar, 36, is a traveling nurse. At home in upstate New York, he’s diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS)—a disease where the immune system attacks the protective sheath (myelin) that covers nerve fibers and causes communication problems between your brain and the rest of your body. Months later, while on assignment in Louisiana, Oscar acquires a respiratory infection caused partially by his MS immunocompromising medication and is diagnosed with Pneumonia.

Nationwide Connected Care via the CommonWell Network

While Oscar’s situation may sound unique, it’s not unusual for those affected by MS. During the live demonstration, you will follow his health journey through acute inpatient, standalone ED, PCPs, specialty and urgent care settings, as well as his health management via his PHR in his consumer app of choice, to manage his chronic and acute conditions.

Join us in Nationwide Connected Care Interop Showcase demonstration to see how CommonWell services built natively in our members’ EHRs empower both Oscar and his providers by enabling access to his clinical records.

A Sneak Peak

Watch as his providers leverage nationwide patient identification and linking, smart record locator services, a federated data broker and event notifications to coordinate care and help avoid readmission.

Primary Care Provider (athenaClinicals EHR)
Oscar will visit his hometown PCP at an athenahealth facility in upstate New York, who will refer him to a neurologist. As his PCP automatically enrolls patients who have agreed to data sharing as part of their standard HIPAA agreement, Oscar’s records from his current and past PCP visits are available via the CommonWell network to other participating providers.

Neurologist (Greenway Health Intergy)
After the neurologist runs a few tests, Oscar is diagnosed with MS and prescribed new medications to help him manage his chronic condition. Accessing CommonWell services within his native workflow, the neurologist can preview the clinical document files within the patient’s chart and/or save a select number of records. Once it is saved to the chart, the neurologist can consume portions of the data directly into the Greenway EHR, as he sees fit.

Inpatient ICU (MEDITECH Expanse)
Using FHIR, the MEDITECH EHR automatically queries the CommonWell network and retrieves his records through a federated query. Upon admittance and discharge, MEDITECH sends a notification to his New York PCP alerting him of Oscar’s diagnosis and that he was discharged to Home Health.

Urgent Care (Health Gorilla Patient360™)
Once fully recovered, Oscar goes on a vacation to Puerto Rico and ends up needing to visit an urgent care clinic. Thankfully, his records are easily retrievable since the clinic is using Health Gorilla’s Patient360™, a CommonWell Connector™ product.

Want to know what happens next…? The good news is regardless of where his care occurs, Oscar and his providers have access to his health records nationwide via the CommonWell Health Alliance network, resulting in positive health outcomes.

To see it in action, join CommonWell and eight of our members—athenahealth, Brightree, Cerner, eClinicalWorks, Greenway Health, Health Gorilla, MEDITECH and OneRecord—at the Interoperability Showcase Nationwide Connected Care use case at HIMSS20 in Orlando, March 10-12. Demonstrations start at 15 minutes past the hour during Exhibit Hall hours.

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