CommonWell to test interoperability in three states

The CommonWell Health Alliance--a group of competing electronic health record vendors that came together last March for a stated goal of interoperability with one another--on Wednesday announced participating regions for its first rollout. Chicago; Elkin and Henderson in North Carolina; and Columbia, South Carolina all will serve as initial test beds for CommonWell's interoperability services.

"Our work in these region is an important step in the alliance's commitment toward making patient data available to both patients and providers, regardless of where care is administered," CommonWell Chairman of the Board and athenahealth Chief Technology Officer Jeremy Delinsky said in a statement. "Regions within Illinois, North Carolina and South Carolina were chosen because they provide a good footprint of the alliance's founding member companies' health IT systems, along with a strong desire among clients to make interoperability a reality." Announcement