|[February 15, 2017]
CommonWell Expanding Services as More Members Commit to Deploy Nationwide
CommonWell Health Alliance® today announced that 14 members have
committed to building new application programming interfaces (APIs) that
will complement existing services and increase the value of the
CommonWell network to individuals and caregivers. The existing
CommonWell services, which include person enrollment, record location,
patient identification and linking, and data query and retrieval, are
all live nationwide.
The new APIs are anticipated to be utilized for a variety of needs
across the health and care ecosystem, such as for individuals seeking
coverage for disability insurance, for organizations investing in more
effective care coordination, or for communities seeking to drive public
"Although there is still much to be done before achieving the
'ubiquitous interoperability' CommonWell Members seek, the collective
pursuit of that mission by our Members has created a unique culture of
collaboration. That culture is both driving unrelenting execution and
yielding innovations that are taking interoperability well beyond basic
connectivity," said Jitin Asnaani, executive director of CommonWell
Health Alliance. "Simply put, our Members want to do more and know that
they can do it here, so we've secured the processes, guidelines and
commitments to jumpstart their progress."
CommonWell has nearly 9,800 provider sites already committed to using
CommonWell core services, including more than 5,000 sites currently
live. CommonWell and its members are taking those lessons learned as
well as the extensive knowledge and experience of its diverse membership
to expand into these new areas of data exchange, including:
CommonWell Members have committed to develop a Notifications API that
would enable end-users to be notified when a patient's data is available
on the CommonWell network, enabling a host of valuable use cases serving
such diverse needs from post-acute care coordination to care management
to public health. Eight Members have committed to building out and
utilizing such service, including athenahealth, Audacious Inquiry,
CareMerge, Cerner (News - Alert), Health Gorilla, OmniSYS, PatientPing and Philips
"We see that when the full continuum of providers work together
collaboratively - emergency room, hospital, rehab provider, home health
agency - patients recover safely and return home after surgery or
illness much more rapidly," said Jay Desai, CEO of PatientPing.
"PatientPing is so excited to be a part of the CommonWell initiative to
break down existing barriers to true care coordination with the goal of
improving care quality and patient outcomes. Together, we can accelerate
the movement to bring care coordination across the entire country, in an
effort to improve health care quality for all."
"We are excited to improve care coordination through our partnership
with CommonWell," said John King, CEO of OmniSYS. "With a national
pharmacy network of more than 25,000 locations, OmniSYS has an
opportunity to improve communication between community pharmacists and
physicians. By providing proactive notifications to prescribing
physicians for at-risk patients, we can drive better edication
adherence and higher adult immunization rates, with clear benefits to
patients and public health."
Life and Disability Coverage
A number of different CommonWell Members are enabling providers to
efficiently furnish the clinical chart information needed for
individuals to qualify for life and disability insurance coverage.
Several Members have committed to building on existing CommonWell
services to help individuals exercise more control of their record and
to help providers respond promptly, including Alumai, athenahealth,
Cerner, Mana Health, the Social Security Administration and WoMBA.
Social Security Administration, one of the largest disability programs
in the world, requests about 15 million medical records from almost
every health care provider to make decisions on approximately three
million disability claims annually. Social Security is leveraging
health IT to more quickly obtain the medical records needed to support
disability determinations and more efficiently manage that information.
Mana Health, a leader in patient portal technology, is working with
patients and life and disability insurance carriers to ensure the
efficient availability of patient charts via CommonWell services.
"Mana Health is committed to simplifying EHR data integration as we
shift toward a world of higher patient engagement and empowerment," said
Christopher Bradley, co-founder and president of Mana Health. "We're
excited to work with CommonWell to create a service that will speed up
the flow of information necessary for patients to obtain the life and
disability insurance they desperately need."
Through their technology integration capabilities, a variety of members
are creating principles and policies that will enable integration of
CommonWell services into the products and workflows of providers that do
not use CommonWell-enabled EHRs.
Cerner, Redox Engine and RelayHealth have all committed to expanding
provider access to the CommonWell network, regardless of the EHR vendor
"One of the primary goals of CommonWell is to improve real-world data
exchange nationwide," said Niko Skievaski, CEO of Redox Engine, "To do
so, we need to ensure the majority of health care providers have access
to the data. Deploying direct-to-provider integration services is the
ideal way to make this possible and is vital as we look for ways to
continually increase the mutual value of our own network solution and of
the network that we have created with CommonWell."
CommonWell Members have been the drivers of interoperability innovations
from its inception. Today's announcement marks the next era in taking
its members' collective experience and building new services and
applications to help improve health data exchange in these underserved
About CommonWell Health Alliance
CommonWell Health Alliance is a not-for-profit trade association of
health IT companies working together to create universal access to
health data nationwide. CommonWell members represent two-thirds of the
acute care EHR market1 and more than one-third of the
ambulatory care EHR market2, as well as market leaders and
technology innovators supporting care settings such as post-acute care,
imaging, perinatal, laboratory, retail pharmacy, oncology, population
health, emergency services and more. CommonWell and its members are
committed to the belief that provider access to health data must be
built into information technologies at a reasonable cost for use by a
broad range of health care providers and the populations and people they
To learn more about CommonWell Health Alliance, visit www.commonwellalliance.org.
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1 KLAS - 2016 Hospital EMR Market Share, May 2016. ©
2016 KLAS Enterprises, LLC. All rights reserved. www.KLASresearch.com
2 SK&A, a Cegedim Company - "Physician Office Usage of EHR
Software" SK&A. February 2016.
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