Updates, Demonstrations and More!

What a first year CommonWell Health Alliance has had in formalizing our not-for-profit trade association, adding new members, launching our services in four geographies and releasing our initial specs to the public. Last month at HIMSS14, we appreciated the positive reaction we received from attendees as they watched our founding member companies demonstrate CommonWell services working across different EHRs at different health provider sites. In response to ongoing requests to see our services in action, …

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A Vision Turned into Reality: Real World Provider Examples

Nothing is quite so pleasant in the world of Health IT than seeing an idea you have worked on brought to life to help providers and patients improve healthcare. In May 2012, Dr. David McCallie emailed me with an idea he had been thinking about since a Bi-Partisan Center meeting raised the critical issue of patient linking across settings, just as I had been about to email him about the same idea. Between that time …

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One Exciting Year Later: Services Live and Specs Available

One year ago today I saw the CEOs and Sr. Executives of 5 top HIT vendors put away their competitive nature and make a pledge to build seamless, plug-and-play interoperability into their products, all for the common good. In order to turn this vision into a reality, technical teams from all the companies came together under the working group name Standards, Technology & Implementation Group to accomplish this pledge. At the time of our announcement …

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HIMSS14: A Picture Perfect Week

This week on the HIMSS Exhibition floor, one of my former colleagues who swung by the CommonWell Health Alliance booth said to me “HIMSS is like a family reunion.” That is so true. You reunite people you haven’t seen in years. You meet new friends who are connected to someone you know. And you share stories as you catch up on both personal and professional happenings. Besides what we are working on at CommonWell (which …

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The Faces for Interoperability: Building consensus to break down silos to deliver high quality care

Everyone has a story when it comes to the complexity of the health care system. Especially when it comes to accessing and connecting health records. But what good is a great story, if you don’t have someone to share it with. That’s why we launched the Faces for Interoperability effort (aka #ForInterop). Through social media accounts like Twitter and Facebook and direct submissions at CommonWell Health Alliance’s HIMSS booth (#1389), more than a 100 people …

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