Kevin Allen

The Carequality Interoperability Framework Successfully Implemented:

Netsmart and a dozen other HIT organizations partner in pioneering integration effort

McLEAN, VA. (August 16, 2016) – Nationwide health data sharing takes another leap forward as the early adopters of Carequality go live today with a central provider directory and common set of rules that makes exchanging data between different electronic health record systems (EHRs) and health information exchanges (HIEs) easier. A growing number of Netsmart and other HIT organizations' customers can now exchange data live with other providers using the Carequality Interoperability Framework. The go-live represents healthcare’s largest ambulatory vendors, the largest e-prescribing vendor and 30% of the inpatient market.

Published in December 2015, the Carequality Interoperability Framework, was the first national initiative to create legal terms, policy requirements, technical specifications, and governance processes to unify health data exchange across EHRs, HIEs, and record locator services service providers. The Framework was quickly adopted by 13 pioneering health organizations that are working in earnest to implement the network-level agreement to empower their customers, patients and providers to securely share health data across health IT platforms and geographies as never before. Many more networks and health organizations are in various stages of internal review of the Framework.

The Carequality Interoperability Framework makes it possible for healthcare to replicate the success other industries, such as banking, have achieved in breaking down barriers between many networks, programs, and platforms. Carequality is a multi-stakeholder initiative that has brought together public and private sector players from across the healthcare ecosystem to meet the challenge of connecting disparate data sharing networks and platforms. The Carequality community uses a consensus-based process to develop and implement tools that enable seamless connectivity across all participating networks.

The adoption and timely implementation of the Carequality Interoperability Framework advances the promise of seamless, nationwide interoperability for patients and providers, explained Dave Cassel, director of Carequality. “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 and easily than ever before.

Quotes from adopting organizations:

“Netsmart clients provide continuity of care for more than 25 million persons, many of whom experience comorbid mental and physical illnesses. Our client communities include behavioral health, home health and hospice, and other areas of human services that encompass some of the most expensive and chronically ill populations,” said Netsmart CEO Mike Valentine. “Accelerating the Carequality Interoperability Framework makes it possible to supply health data for the ‘whole person’ and improve the health of these high-risk populations.”

About Carequality

Carequality is a public-private collaborative facilitating a consensus-built, common interoperability framework to enable exchange between and among health data sharing networks. Carequality brings together a diverse group of representatives from the private sector and government to come to collective technical and policy agreement to enable data to flow seamlessly between and among networks, much like the telecommunications industry did for linking cell phone networks. For more information, visit and follow us at

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 Follow The Sequoia Project on Twitter: @SequoiaProject.

About Netsmart

Netsmart is healthcare’s largest human services and integrated care technology provider. Netsmart technology platforms and expertise are integral to the delivery of outcomes-based services and care to more than 25 million persons nationwide.

Netsmart serves more than 500,000 users in more than 24,000 organizations across all 50 states. Netsmart client communities include behavioral health; addiction treatment; intellectual and developmental disabilities; child and family services; public health; home health, hospice and palliative care, and private duty; and vital records.

Netsmart’s CareFabric®, a framework of innovative clinical and business solutions and services, supports integrated, coordinated delivery of health services across the spectrum of care.

Netsmart’s HIT Value Model™, a vendor-agnostic planning and measurement system, provides a path for human services organizations to evaluate where on the healthcare IT spectrum they should focus their efforts, the value associated with that strategic decision and a comparison with peer organizations nationwide.

Netsmart is pleased to support the EveryDayMatters® Foundation, which was established for human services organizations to learn from each other and share their causes and stories. For more information, visit

Learn more about how Netsmart is changing the face of healthcare today. Visit, call 1-800-472-5509, follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter, like us on Facebook or visit us on YouTube

CareFabric and EveryDayMatters are registered trademarks of Netsmart Technologies, Inc.

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