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Karen DeSalvo: In hindsight, we needed common interoperability standards

A common set of standards for the exchange of electronic health information likely could have improved the current state of interoperability in the industry, National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo said.

Glimmers of hope on the interoperability horizon

Andy Slavitt sounded every bit the part of a an administrator looking to fundamentally change the way healthcare is delivered during his shared keynote address with National Coordinator for Health...

CommonWell interoperability available this summer

Fifteen months after banding together in the name of electronic health record interoperability, the CommonWell Health Alliance--which includes EHR vendors Allscripts, athenahealth, Cerner, CPSI, Greenway and McKesson--plans to officially begin delivering on that promise this summer.

CommonWell to test interoperability in three states

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.

Judy Faulkner: Criticism that Epic system stymies interoperability 'unfair'

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's Faulkner: CommonWell Alliance raises questions

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.

HIMSS13 wrap-up: The news you may have missed

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.

What to make of the CommonWell collaboration

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?

Epic CEO: CommonWell being used as a 'competitive weapon'

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.

Cerner, McKesson and other EMR rivals form interoperability partnership

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.