Cerner, McKesson May Join Forces for HIE, Interoperability

Cerner and McKesson, both electronic health record product vendors, are working on a joint agreement to enable cross-vendor, national health information exchange, sources say, according to a SearchHealthIT report.  

The deal, if completed, could shift the entire interoperable landscape for hospitals, physicians and patients. It would position Cerner, which has more EHR users, and McKesson, which has a strong HIE product in RelayHealth with a loyal user base, to take on Epic Systems, a leading EHR vendor.

Neither company has confirmed the story, but sources say that an announcement could come as early as the Health Information Management Systems Society 2013 annual convention from March 3-7, in New Orleans, according to the report.

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