Healthcare data exchange increases access through Intergy
Since the emergence of the electronic health record (EHR), the healthcare industry has worked toward a system of clinical data exchange that allows providers to access up-to-date information about the patients they treat.
To this end, in 2013, Greenway helped found CommonWell Health Alliance, a nonprofit trade association dedicated to a vision that health data should be available to individuals and caregivers regardless of where care occurs. The Alliance’s primary focus is deployment of a “secure, vendor-neutral interoperability network” nationwide.
The partnership has reached a milestone with the integration of CommonWell services into Greenway’s Intergy EHR solution, now a CommonWell ConnectedTM product. Using a smart record locator and patient ID, CommonWell allows providers to query participating healthcare organizations nationwide and receive participating patients’ clinical data outside of their traditional connections.
Such interoperability gives providers information they need to make informed decisions and improve outcomes. It helps practices increase efficiencies, streamline tasks and improve safety.
“The integration gives Intergy customers greater access to patient health information that will inform decisions and ultimately improve patient care,” said Glenn Wilensky, Greenway’s Vice President of Professional Services and a CommonWell board member.
“The integration gives Intergy customers greater access to patient health information that will inform decisions and ultimately improve patient care.”
Glenn Wilensky, Vice President of Professional Services, Greenway Health
A shared vision
CommonWell launched in 2013 with a goal to support universal access to healthcare data. Traditionally competitors, the seven founding companies shared a drive to tackle interoperability challenges in healthcare.
Today, more than 15,000 provider sites are connected to the CommonWell network, and more than 66 million unique individuals’ records are available. In addition to health IT vendors, members include health systems, government agencies and nonprofits. Participants can access patients’ health records and history of care, no matter where or from whom the patient received care, as long as the organization is live on CommonWell services.
“Interoperability to me is the integration between systems. It’s the way that the systems communicate with each other,” said Velvet Tucker, Clinical Applications Analyst with Floyd Healthcare Management. “Interoperability is very important, because that’s the way we take care of patients. It’s the systems feeding each other to get the information for the patients’ care.”
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