12 EHR vendors agree to new interoperability metrics: 5 key points

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During the KLAS Keystone Summit in Midway, Utah, CEOs and executives of 12 health EHR vendors and several provider CIOs met and took a step toward solving the interoperability issue in healthcare.

Here are five things to know about the meeting.

1. Micky Tripathi, president and CEO of the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative, moderated the summit, which focused on making a viable interoperability metric for providers and vendors.

2. The following vendor CEOs and executives helped create the new metrics:

•    Allscripts: Assaf Halevy, VP Business Development, Solutions Management
•    athenahealth: Jonathan Bush, CEO
•    Cerner: Zane Burke, President
•    eClinicalWorks: Girish Kumar, CEO
•    Epic: Judy Faulkner, CEO
•    GE Healthcare: Jan De Witte, President & CEO HCIT
•    Greenway: Tee Green, CEO
•    Healthland: Chris Bauleke, CEO
•    McKesson: Jeff Felton, President
•    MEDITECH: Hoda Sayed-Friel, EVP
•    MEDHOST: Steve Starkey, VP Product
•    NextGen Healthcare: Rusty Frantz, President & CEO

3. Each of the executives involved in the summit agreed to support the new measure's use to assess the status of interoperability in healthcare.

4. "Assisted by leading provider organizations and informatics experts, these executive officers knocked down barriers to arrive at measures to improve interoperability for the public good. Vendors and providers willingly committed to go arm–in-arm to work closely with Washington to help alleviate the interoperability-measurement burden faced by the government," according to a media statement.

5. Now, those involved in the summit will continue to work together to create a plan to launch and measure the new metrics' progress in driving interoperability forward.   

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