A coalition of 15 states, 37 technology vendors and 34 health information exchanges is coming together to enable the exchange of health data for more than half of the U.S. population. The public-private partnership, which is led by both the EHR/HIE Interoperability Workgroup and Healtheway, created a testing program that will be able to determine a system's capability to exchange data with several other systems. The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology has been tasked with conducting the testing.
"The collaboration between the states and vendors to address a shared marketplace gap and work toward a mutual vision has been one of the remarkable aspects of this effort," said David Whitlinger, executive director of the New York eHealth Collaborative, which is in charge of the EHR/HIE Interoperability Workgroup. "And momentum is building within both communities as states grow their HIE networks by working with the EHR and HIE vendors to provide seamless integration and clinical workflow, taking the market to a new level for the benefit of patients." Announcement