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Common Well Newest to Commit to TEFCA Participation

CommonWell Health Alliance said this week that it will apply to become one of the first rounds of qualified health information networks as part of the trusted exchange framework and common agreement.

BECAUSE IT IS IMPORTANT
CommonWell plans to be among the first set of submissions. The Sequoia Project, the TEFCA coordinator, released the final QHIN application this week and said it aims to open the QHIN application portal on October 3, with an initial batch of QHINs announced together, and others designated thereafter on an ongoing basis.

The alliance of 75 technology providers and other health care stakeholders touts its distinctive good faith to be a QHIN, whose architecture requires a federated query model that leverages record locator services and a query broker.

That strategy is similar to the interoperability approach that Commonwell has developed and built across the country since its first launch in 2013.

“TEFCA has the potential to increase the level of empowerment of individuals and their care providers by enabling them to get the data they need to make the best care decisions, something CommonWell has been focused on since day one,” said Paul L Wilder, executive director of the alliance.

“CommonWell is more than ready to transition to QHIN status, help build TEFCA and take on the national exchange of [electronic health information] to the next level,” he said.

THE BIGGEST TREND
CommonWell says it currently enables the federated exchange of patient information across more than 27,000 provider sites representing 171 million people in its national network.

Together with its CommonWell Connector and collaborative connections such as the Carequality Framework, health systems linked to the network can exchange data with more than 50,000 hospitals, specialists, clinics and other care providers.

More than 2.6 billion health documents have been exchanged over the network, according to CommonWell.

The Sequoia Project has been busy in recent weeks and months as it moves into the “operational phase” of TEFCA, issuing a series of incorporation guides, standard operating procedures and fee schedules to organizations seeking to participate under the exchange.

Among those planning to register as a QHIN so far in addition to CommonWell: Epic Systems, NextGen Healthcare, and eHealth Exchange/CRISP Shared Services.

IN THE REGISTRY
“We believe in the value of a nationwide health information exchange that will allow patients to access their health care data wherever they receive care, regardless of the IT systems that facility uses,” said Sam Lambson, vice president of Oracle Cerner interoperability. , a founding member of CommonWell Health Alliance. “As a QHIN under TEFCA, CommonWell can further this mission of achieving ubiquitous health care records together with our fellow Alliance members.”

“We look forward to supporting QHIN connectivity for our customers as part of our broader interoperability offerings, which connect all players in healthcare – providers, payers, patients and partners – so they can seamlessly exchange data and unlock insights.” actionable,” added Michael Palantoni. , vice president of product management and platform services at Athenahealth, another co-founder of CommonWell.

“Through the collaborative work of alliance members, CommonWell is providing [our] customers the solutions they need to meet the growing needs of patient care, patient empowerment and public health,” added Hoda Sayed-Friel, senior vice president of Meditech, who joined the group in 2015. “I’m excited to see how our Efforts continue to improve information sharing for providers and communities through TEFCA.”

Twitter: @MikeMiliardHITN
Email the writer: mike.miliard@himssmedia.com

Healthcare IT News is published by HIMSS.


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