CommonWell to Apply to Become One of TEFCA’s First Qualified Health Information Networks

BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The CommonWell Health Alliance® today announced its intention to apply to become one of the first Qualified Health Information Networks (QHIN) under the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA). CommonWell will submit its application with the first set of submissions.

The move follows Project Sequoia, the Recognized Coordinating Entity for TEFCA, which released the final Qualified Health Information Network (QHIN) application this week.

TEFCA – which was released earlier this year by the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health Information Technology of the US Department of Health and Human Services – comprises a common set of principles, terms and of conditions to support the development of a common agreement that would take the national Electronic Health Information (EHI) exchange to the next level. The success of TEFCA would rely, in part, on the participation of well-established Health Information Networks (HINs).

Inaugurating a new phase of interoperability

CommonWell is uniquely qualified to be a QHIN. The architectural concept advocated by TEFCA, which calls for a federated query model that leverages record locator services and a query broker, builds on the approach the Alliance has offered to the national market. With over 75 member companies and working closely with the ONC, CommonWell is ready to help build the next phase of nationwide interoperability.

“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, which is something CommonWell has been focusing on for on day one,” said Paul L Wilder, chief executive of CommonWell Health Alliance. “CommonWell is more than prepared to transition to QHIN status, help build TEFCA and take EHI’s national exchange to the next level.”

Currently, stakeholders often need to join multiple networks to get the information they need to support coordinated patient care. With TEFCA, joining a HIN that participates in the network created by the Common Agreement will allow access and exchange of information from a variety of sources.

CommonWell members share their support

“athenahealth looks forward to TEFCA taking shape to help usher in the next generation of information-sharing services via QHINs,” said Michael Palantoni, Board Member, CommonWell Health Alliance, and Vice President of the product management, platform services, athenahealth. “We fully support CommonWell and its efforts to serve as QHIN, and we look forward to supporting QHIN connectivity for our customers as part of our broader interoperability offerings, which connect all healthcare players – providers, payers , patients and partners – so they can seamlessly exchange data and unlock actionable insights. »

“This is another tangible example of the CommonWell Health Alliance demonstrating its vision and commitment to interoperability. As QHIN, we will continue to be a catalyst for improved delivery and equitable access to healthcare across the country through innovation,” said Jody Harbour, Senior Vice President of Product Management, CPSI.

“Greenway Health, as a founding member of CommonWell, remains committed to ensuring a true national exchange of health information to give patients seamless access to their medical records,” said David Cohen, Chief Product and technology, Greenway Health. “It is exciting to see CommonWell and Alliance members aligning to collaboratively support TEFCA’s mission and eliminate a major source of information sharing friction that exists in the industry today.”

“CommonWell and its dedication to interoperability and innovation will continue to serve healthcare organizations well in the years to come,” said Hoda Sayed-Friel, senior vice president of MEDITECH. “Through the collaborative work of Alliance members, CommonWell provides MEDITECH customers with the solutions they need to meet the growing needs in patient care, patient empowerment and public health. I look forward to to see how our joint efforts continue to improve information sharing for providers and communities through TEFCA.”

“We believe in the value of a national health information exchange that will allow patients to access their health data wherever they receive care, regardless of the IT systems used by that facility. Our long participation in the CommonWell Health Alliance has served this purpose,” said Sam Lambson, vice president of interoperability at Oracle Cerner. “As QHIN under TEFCA, CommonWell can continue this mission of achieving ubiquitous health records with our fellow Alliance members.”

“The healthcare community has known for years that TEFCA would become a reality and our mission has always been aligned to be a part of it,” said Nick Knowlton, CommonWell Health Alliance Board Chairman and Vice President of Strategic Initiatives. . , ResMed. “CommonWell looks forward to working with ONC, Project Sequoia and all other QHINs to collaborate, share best practices and build the future of interoperability, better and together. As a team and a community, we have always been and will continue to be a strong advocate for patients and providers.

Today, the CommonWell Network enables the federated exchange of patient information across more than 27,000 provider sites representing 171 million people on its nationwide network alone. Combined with its CommonWell connectorMT and collaborative connections like the Carequality Framework, connected provider sites can exchange data with over 50,000 clinics, hospitals, specialty centers and more. To date, more than 2.6 billion health documents have been exchanged on the CommonWell network.

About CommonWell Health Alliance

CommonWell Health Alliance is a nonprofit trade association of healthcare and technology organizations working together to create universal access to health data nationwide. CommonWell members represent more than 20 healthcare organizations, including market leaders and technology innovators in acute, ambulatory and post-acute care, patient portals, imaging, population health, medical services. emergency, data location services and more. CommonWell and its members believe that provider access to health data must be integrated with information technology at a reasonable cost for use by a wide range of health care providers and the populations and people they serve. serve.

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