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Five More Healthcare IT Leaders Adopt Carequality Interoperability Framework

McLEAN, VA. (February 25, 2016) – Carequality, an initiative of The Sequoia Project, today announced five more adopters of the Carequality Interoperability Framework. The companies are Coordinated Care Oklahoma, GE Healthcare, Kno2, Netsmart, and OneRecord.

The latest adoptees join athenahealth®, eClinicalWorks, Epic, NextGen Healthcare and Surescripts in contracting to implement the comprehensive Framework, which consists of legal terms, policy requirements, technical specifications, and governance processes for health data sharing among networks.

“The diversity of organizations – from HIE to consumer access, large to small – adopting the Carequality Framework really highlights our vision for an interoperability framework that unites the entire healthcare continuum,” explained Dave Cassel, director of Carequality. “Enabling patients and providers to access health records from the diverse participants in the Carequality ecosystem is a major step forward, not only for the healthcare experience but also for patient empowerment.”

The adoption and timely implementation of the Carequality Interoperability Framework advances the promise of seamless, nationwide interoperability for patients and providers. With a single unified health data sharing agreement built upon Carequality’s ground-breaking Principles of Trust, there is no more need to negotiate one-off legal agreements with individual data sharing partners. Carequality implementers – and their clients – can connect more quickly than ever before.

A live Carequality demo will run each day at HIMSS 2016, in The Sequoia Project booth (#454). In addition to the demonstration of health data exchange among up to five Carequality adopters, Mr. Cassel and participants will be available to discuss Carequality’s unique network-level connection approach.

Quotes from adopting organizations:

“Our partnership with Carequality has tremendously strengthened our ability to connect with other networks and quite frankly simplified the process in a way that minimizes the politics and time to connect,” said Brian Yeaman, MD, Chief Administrative Officer of Coordinated Care Oklahoma. “Expanding the query types to include broader transactions for quality and care improvement initiatives is our next horizon and we will get there with our partner Carequality.”

“We studied the Carequality Framework carefully and concluded that it made a lot of sense for our clients,” said Jon Zimmerman, General Manager, GE Clinical Business Solutions. “Carequality is the next step in the evolution of interoperability for Centricity clients, creating an ever-more efficient and effective healthcare experience for patients and providers.”

“Kno2 was founded to simplify and automate the complicated, slow and frustrating healthcare process,” said Jon Elwell, CEO of Kno2. “We’re very excited to provide the ability to connect our interoperability service subscribers, including smaller practices’ EHRs from a variety of different vendors, to all the other players available through the Carequality ecosystem. This is a huge win for our subscribers, and also for the healthcare industry.”

“Netsmart clients are confronted with a challenging task – providing critical continuity of care for an estimated 34 million Americans who experience comorbid mental and physical illnesses each year,” said Netsmart CEO, Mike Valentine. “Accelerating the Carequality Interoperability Framework makes it possible to supply a picture of the whole person and, in turn, better serve those individuals with multiple mental and physical health conditions.”

“We’re very excited about the possibilities for direct consumer engagement that the Carequality Framework provides,” said Jared Gurfein, COO of OneRecord, formerly known as Zenonhealth. “Utilizing the Carequality Framework will allow us real progress towards realizing the goal of true interoperability for patients, enabling them to collect their health records from disparate sources and maintain them in one place.”

About Carequality

Carequality is a public-private collaborative that facilitates agreement among diverse stakeholders to develop and maintain a common interoperability framework enabling exchange between and among data sharing networks. Carequality brings together a diverse group of representatives from the private sector and government to come to collective agreement on how to enable data to flow seamlessly between and among networks and providers, much like the telecommunications industry did for linking cell phone networks. For more information, visit www.carequality.org and follow us at twitter.com/carequality.

About The Sequoia Project

The Sequoia Project is a non-profit 501c3 chartered to advance implementation of secure, interoperable nationwide health information exchange. The Sequoia Project supports multiple, independent health IT interoperability initiatives, most notably: the eHealth Exchange, a rapidly growing community of exchange partners who share information under a common trust framework and a common set of rules; and Carequality, a public-private collaborative effort to build consensus among existing data sharing networks regarding technical specifications and best practices, much like the telecommunications industry did for linking cell phone networks. For more information about The Sequoia Project and its initiatives, visit www.sequoiaproject.org. Follow The Sequoia Project on Twitter: @SequoiaProject.

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