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CVS Caremark joins HIT interoperability alliance
February 24th, 2014
ORLANDO, Fla. – CVS Caremark Corp. has joined the CommonWell Health Alliance, a health information technology (HIT) interoperability trade group, as a contributing member.
CommonWell said Monday that CVS Caremark will work with with the RelayHealth unit of McKesson Corp., one of the alliance's founding members, to embed its HIT interoperability services natively into its pharmacy system.
"As pharmacies play an increasingly important role in the delivery of health care and pharmacists become more engaged in advising and counseling patients, there will be more opportunities to improve health outcomes through better data sharing across the provider community," Troy Brennan, chief medical officer of CVS Caremark, said in a statement. "CommonWell will be well-positioned to help deliver real-time, pharmacy-based information into physician practices to help identify opportunities to coordinate care and will help the pharmacist deliver care-based messages back to patients."
Formed last March, the CommonWell Health Alliance aims to support universal, trusted access to health care data by establishing "data liquidity" between systems, in compliance with patient authorizations.
The alliance said it will define, promote and certify a national infrastructure with common platforms and policies, as well as ensure that HIT products displaying its seal are certified to work on the infrastructure. Components include such core services as cross-entity patient linking and matching, patient consent and data access management, and patient record locator and directed query services.
CommonWell early this year began the initial launch of its interoperability services in Chicago; Elkin and Henderson, North Carolina; and Columbia, South Carolina. And on Sunday, the alliance said that Tenet Healthcare Corp., with 77 hospitals in 14 states, has signed a letter of intent to use its services.
"We are thrilled to have CVS Caremark join the CommonWell Health Alliance. They are a terrific complement to our existing membership, and their decision to join is testament to the work we've accomplished over the past year," stated Jeremy Delinsky, chairman of the CommonWell Health Alliance and chief technology officer for athenahealth, a founding member of the alliance. "We look forward to working with CVS Caremark, recruiting and welcoming new members, and most importantly advancing the state of interoperability across health care."
Along with McKesson and athenahealth, CommonWell's founding members include Allscripts, Cerner, CPSI, Greenway and Sunquest. The alliance announced Monday that MedHost also has joined as a contributing member.