Although the majority of healthcare care settings are now digitalized, lack of interoperability among the wide range of software applications now in place continues to be a problem. Several groups addressing this issue presented their innovations at this year’s HIMSS national conference in Orlando. Among the groups were the CommonWell Health Alliance, made up of EHR vendors committed to increased interoperability, and the newly-formed Carequality which includes UnitedHealth Group, Walgreen and Epic.
Via Modern Healthcare:
Several interoperability collaborations presented at the HIMSS 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.
Digital tools still have long way to go, some say 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 Jennings, system vice president and medical informatics officer for Palmetto Health, Columbia, S.C., which is participating in a CommonWell pilot.
By Joseph Conn and Jaimy Lee
“Groups showcase interoperability efforts,” Modern Healthcare (March 1, 2014)