Groups show­case in­ter­op­er­abil­ity ef­forts

Modern Healthcare - - NEWS - —Joseph Conn and Jaimy Lee

Sev­eral in­ter­op­er­abil­ity col­lab­o­ra­tions pre­sented at the con­fer­ence demon­strated that in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy ven­dors and health­care providers are fo­cus­ing on con­nect­ing com­pet­ing elec­tronic health records and health in­for­ma­tion ex­changes as well as med­i­cal de­vices and health IT sys­tems.

The Com­mon­Well Health Al­liance, a trade group for EHR ven­dors ad­vo­cat­ing for im­proved in­ter­op­er­abil­ity, an­nounced CVS Care­mark Corp. as its new­est mem­ber. A sep­a­rate group, in­clud­ing Unit­edHealth Group, Wal­green Co. and Epic Sys­tems Corp., an­nounced the for­ma­tion of Care­qual­ity, which is de­vel­op­ing a frame­work to share data across health IT net­works.

“There are many strate­gies around in­ter­op­er­abil­ity,” said Dr. Tripp Wil­liams, sys­tem vice pres­i­dent and med­i­cal in­for­mat­ics of­fi­cer for Pal­metto Health, Columbia, S.C., which is par­tic­i­pat­ing in a Com­mon­Well pi­lot.

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