BOSTON – July 12, 2023—CommonWell Health Alliance has officially surpassed 200 million individuals in its nationwide network. This means it is sharing electronic health data for roughly 62% of the total United States population based U.S. Census projections.
“From a handful of providers in our first year to this significant number today, we’ve just kept working with our membership to grow sustainably nationwide,” said CommonWell Executive Director, Paul L Wilder. “What we’ve spent all these years building makes us exceptionally ready to help TEFCA succeed.”
This milestone comes as CommonWell recognizes its 10-year anniversary and continues the onboarding process as a candidate Qualified Health Information Networks (QHIN). QHINs will eventually enable exchange via the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA)—a common set of principles, terms and conditions designed to take the nationwide exchange of electronic health information to the next level.
“I commend CommonWell for reaching this impressive milestone,” said Micky Tripathi, Ph.D., National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. “We are grateful that CommonWell stepped forward to become a candidate to meet the rigorous TEFCA eligibility requirements, the terms and conditions of TEFCA participation, and for their commitment to a 12-month go-live timeline. We look forward to continuing to support all the QHIN candidates as they continue through the onboarding process to improve interoperability for providers and the patients they serve.”
“CommonWell’s efforts are aligned with Oracle’s mission to enable a more connected and open healthcare ecosystem that can help deliver better outcomes for patients and providers,” said Sam Lambson, vice president of interoperability, Oracle Health. “As a founding member, our customers have already realized significant benefits from the Alliance, and we look forward to the next chapter, as CommonWell moves forward in becoming a QHIN under the TEFCA framework.”
The CommonWell network utilizes a Record Locator Service—which allows a connected provider organization to search the entire nationwide network in real time to gather comprehensive patient data—not just data from a limited geofenced location. Today that network exchanges roughly 40 million documents each week. It serves more than 34,000 health care organizations and now includes 208 million unique individuals.
About CommonWell Health Alliance
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