Archive for March, 2013

If Einstein took on Healthcare, this may be his solution

Friday, March 8th, 2013

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.

Heathcare Needs a Grand Unified Theory. Here’s some evidence

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

This week at HIMSS 2013 news broke about the formation of the Commonwell Health Alliance trade association by EHR rivals Allscripts, athenahealth, Cerner, Greenway, and McKesson. They say they’ll promote data exchange among their systems and invite other vendors to join them.

This illustrates another step towards uniting patients, data and doctors through apps designed to make peoples lives easier.