Carequality Accelerates Health Data Sharing

October 26, 2016 |
Carequality Blog

Nationwide Patient Data Exchange Across Networks Triples in 60 Days

We are thrilled to announce that Carequality is rapidly expanding and the rate at which new providers are enabled to share health data is accelerating. In fact, since we announced live exchange in August, our Carequality implementers have brought more than 11,000 clinics and 500 hospitals online. This means that more than 150,000 clinicians nationwide are now capable of sharing patient health data across technology and networks.

This impressive scale of connectivity is possible because the Carequality Interoperability Framework was developed by volunteers from across all of healthcare who understand the value of leveraging existing technologies and investments. The Framework is dynamic and flexible to work with all types of networks, including payers and vendors, as well as welcoming service providers such as patient portals, record locator services, and others.

We also need to thank our pioneering implementers. The leading healthcare IT organizations were the earliest to adopt the framework and encourage their clients and members to connect with others under the Carequality Framework. Their leadership is paving the way for others. Since our last announcement, we’ve welcomed three more implementers: Inovalon, Mana Health, and Medicity.

ONC Coordinator Dr. Washington Visits Carequality Participants in St. Louis  

Dr. Washington visited SSM Health St. Louis

Dr. Washington (center) visits with Dr. Dr. Richard Vaughn, CMIO, (left) and Dr. Peter Schoch, Vice President of Value-Based Care & Payment (right) of SSM Health (photo credit: SSM Health)

On Tuesday, Dr. Vindell Washington, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, visited St. Louis-area healthcare clinics and a long-term care nursing facility to see real-world health data sharing via the Carequality Interoperability Framework. The site visit allowed participants to observe patient health records being shared across different electronic health record systems and record locator services. For example, SSM Health, including the St. Louis-area SSM Health Outpatient Center that Dr. Washington visited, uses Epic to receive patient files with multiple community partners who use NextGen, athenahealth®, MatrixCare with Kno2 interoperability services, and eClinicalWorks with Surescripts’ National Record Locator Service (NRLS).


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