A 'handful' of hospitals live on Carequality, CommonWell link

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CommonWell Health Alliance and The Sequoia Project have taken strides toward integrating their services as part of a collaboration they announced in late 2016.

CommonWell Health Alliance is a nonprofit trade association founded in 2013 by several top IT vendors, including Allscripts, athenahealth, Cerner and Greenway Health. Since its launch, the alliance has developed and deployed a vendor-neutral interoperability platform called CommonWell.

The Sequoia Project, another leading healthcare interoperability nonprofit, helps healthcare organizations connect to one another through its Carequality Interoperability Framework. As of May, 600,000-plus physicians have used the framework to exchange patient records electronically.

Earlier this summer, CommonWell and Carequality began to connect the two interoperability systems, according to a recent CommonWell Health Alliance blog post.

Cerner and Greenway Health now have a "handful of initial providers live on the connection," the blog post reads. In the first two weeks of the connection, CommonWell-enabled providers exchanged more than 4,000 documents with Carequality-enabled providers.

The two nonprofits are evaluating the initial link to validate and benchmark the connection for future use. CommonWell Health Alliance said it is on track to make the shared service available to all its members by the end of the summer.

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