CommonWell Adds Four Members | Healthcare Informatics Magazine | Health IT | Information Technology Skip to content Skip to navigation

CommonWell Adds Four Members

June 23, 2015
by Gabriel Perna
| Reprints

The CommonWell Health Alliance continues to grow, having announced the addition of four new members this week.

The members include two healthcare IT companies and two health information exchange (HIE) entities. The vendors include Chicago-based Caremerge, which provides a cloud-based coordination platform for payers, payers, and patients and Dallas-based T-System, an electronic health record provider for emergency departments. The other two new members are Michigan Health Information Network Shared Sevices (MiHIN) and Texas Health Services Authority (THSA).

“From a technology perspective, interoperability is possible today; the real need is for vendors to band together and eliminate existing barriers to make it achievable at scale,” Roger Davis, T-System chief executive officer said in a statement. “We have a strong belief in the value of interoperability and a commitment to achieving interoperable systems that allow clinical entities to work better together so providers have the essential tools to deliver the best possible care to the patient. Rallying alongside CommonWell and partnering with other industry leaders was a logical next step to get more involved and drive change.”

Since it's start at the 2013 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Conference, CommonWell has continued to add new members, despite opposition from Epic Systems, one of the biggest health IT vendors in the industry. In April, MEDITECH, Merge and Kareo joined the group as contributing members, while PointClickCare and Surgical Information Systems (SIS) joined as general members.

Topics

News

Dignity Health, CHI Merging to Form New Catholic Health System

Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), based in Englewood, Colorado, and San Francisco-based Dignity Health officially announced they are merging and have signed a definitive agreement to combine ministries and create a new, nonprofit Catholic health system.

HHS Announces Winning Solutions in Opioid Code-a-Thon

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) hosted this week a first-of-its-kind two-day Code-a-Thon to use data and technology to develop new solutions to address the opioid epidemic.

In GAO Report, More Concern over VA VistA Modernization Project

A recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report is calling into question the more than $1 billion that has been spent to modernize the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) health IT system.

Lawmakers Introduce Legislation Aimed at Improving Medicare ACO Program

U.S. Representatives Peter Welch (D-VT) and Rep. Diane Black (R-TN) have introduced H.R. 4580, the ACO Improvement Act of 2017 that makes changes to the Medicare accountable care organization (ACO) program.

Humana Develops Medication Management Tool

A new tool developed by Humana enables the company’s members to keep a list of their medications in one place.

Four Hospitals Piloting OurNotes Initiative in 2018

Beginning in January, four academic hospitals—Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, University of Washington in Seattle, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire and University of Colorado in Boulder—will begin piloting a new digital tool called OurNotes that enables patients to contribute to their clinical notes.