Healthcare IT Companies Form Alliance for Integrated Care
March 6—A new independent, not-for-profit alliance plans to make healthcare data available to patients and their providers regardless of where care occurs through what the group describes as a national, seamless data infrastructure.
The CommonWell Health Alliance, composed of six major health IT companies, will define, promote, and certify a national infrastructure with common platforms and policies. The goal is to improve the quality of care delivery while working to lower costs for providers, patients, and the industry, according to the alliance.
The alliance “represents an inflection point in health care, with key industry leaders coming together to support the delivery of a national health information exchange,” said John Hammergren, McKesson Corp. chairman and CEO. “The formation of this alliance takes health care a step closer to broad industry interoperability.”
Elements of the alliance’s national infrastructure will be tested in a local pilot within the next year. Early core components will include:
- Cross-entity patient linking and matching services as patients transition through care facilities
- Patient consent and data access management
- Patient record locator and directed query services to help providers deliver patient data, with appropriate authorization, across multiple providers and episodes of care
The group plans to collaborate with all health IT developers and encourages other health IT companies to join the alliance. Find out more.
Publication Date: Wednesday, March 06, 2013