The CommonWell Health Alliance--a group of competing electronic health record vendors that came together last March for a stated goal of interoperability with one another--on Wednesday announced participating regions for its first rollout. Chicago; Elkin and Henderson in North Carolina; and Columbia, South Carolina all will serve as initial test beds for CommonWell's interoperability services.
Responding to criticisms that Epic's electronic health record systems are closed and, thus, difficult to integrate with third-party vendors, CEO Judy Faulkner, in a rare interview granted to Forbes, called such accusations "totally wrong."
Epic CEO Judy Faulkner said at this week's Health IT Policy Committee meeting that not being invited to be part of the CommonWell Health Alliance prior to its announcement at HIMSS13 last month has caused her to have doubts about its motives.
In this special issue of FierceHealthIT, you'll find exclusive interviews and coverage of the 2013 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society's annual conference, held in New Orleans last week. But we couldn't fit all the news from the show in one issue if we had an exhibit-hall-sized shoehorn. So here are some of the stories you may have missed.
The majority of people who attended the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society's annual conference last week in New Orleans likely would agree that the formation of the CommonWell Health Alliance--in which five electronic health record vendors, led by Cerner and McKesson, agreed to work together for improved interoperability--was the event's most notable news. But what exactly does it mean for the health IT industry as a whole?
While the CEOs involved in Monday's CommonWell Health Alliance announcement--in which five electronic health record vendors agreed to work together for improved interoperability--made it clear that all EHR vendors have an open invitation to join, Epic CEO Judy Faulkner said this week that her company has not, to date, been asked to participate.
A group of competing electronic health record vendors--Cerner, McKesson, Allscripts, Athenahealth and Greenway Medical Technologies--have agreed to work together to promote data exchange standards across their systems.