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.
Groups showcase interoperability efforts
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.
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