Well, it looks like our timing is right on.
This week at HIMSS 2013, a initiative was announced to achieve “data liquidity” (get used to this new buzz word) to promote and certify a national infrastructure with a common platform. Such an initiative is another step towards a “Grand Unified Theory” for US healthcare.
The initiative is known as the Commonwell Health Alliance, a non-for-profit organization that will support universal and secure access to health data through universal vendor interoperability. Commonwell will also ensure that health solutions are certified to play ball with existing operating standards. ‘meaninful Use” for cool third party apps, if you will.
This initiative is hot. The founding members of Commonwell include athenahealth, Allscripts, Cerner, Greenway Medical and McKesson. These folks know a little something about health data. And they want other health IT and Electronic Medical Record companies to join in. It’s the right thing, and it is time.
Initial stage “certification” will include items such as Cross-entity patient linking, patient consent, data access and query/locator services.
Soon, patients will be asking their doctors for access to their medical info anywhere, anytime on-demand. And they will want it mobile, too. Organizations like the Commonwell Health Alliance and The EHR Company Network will not only serve to provide convenience to patients, but savings to the health industry. $2.8 trillion in healthcare costs must be brough under control. We could be on our way.