Featured June 23, 2015 | commonwellalliance.org | Nick Knowlton, CommonWell Health Alliance
I am excited to announce our latest membership additions. This month, we continue to build upon our strong representation from the wonderful health IT vendors market, and we begin to expand our membership to incorporate new healthcare stakeholders outside of the vendor community.
We have four new General Members. Two are strong IT companies – Caremerge and T-System, who help providers care for patients by coordinating senior care and enabling urgent/emergent care, respectively.
Caremerge forges meaningful connections between providers, payers, families and seniors seeking to improve communication in today’s complex healthcare environment. With a revolutionary, easy-to-use cloud-based coordination platform, Caremerge keeps the entire care team informed through an intuitive interface that enables real-time staff interaction, provides families with peace of mind and improves overall senior wellness.
T-System is a healthcare IT company that advances care delivery and financial outcomes for episodic care. Specializing in emergency department documentation since 1996, T-System has since expanded its focus to include the development of innovative solutions for the rapidly expanding episode-based care market including hospital-based emergency departments (EDs), freestanding emergency centers and urgent care centers. About 40 percent of the nation’s episodic care settings use T-System solutions.
Our two additional new members – MiHIN and THSA – are health information exchange (HIE) entities from Michigan and Texas, respectively.
Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services (MiHIN)
MiHIN is Michigan’s initiative to improve health care quality, efficiency, and patient safety through the sharing of electronic health information, while reducing costs. MiHIN is the official state-designated entity for health information exchange across Michigan, connecting providers, payers, and ultimately, patients. Additionally MiHIN operates the statewide connection with the national eHealth Exchange operated by HealtheWay. MiHIN is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit entity, functioning as a public and private collaboration between the State of Michigan, Health Information Exchange organizations, payers, providers, and patients.
Texas Health Services Authority (THSA)
The THSA was created by the Texas Legislature in 2007 as a public private partnership to promote and support the development of HIE and health IT throughout the state. To strengthen and streamline local coordination of HIEs, the THSA makes available to each local network a set of shared services, referred to as HIETexas. These services enable secure connectivity between authorized HIE networks and state agencies in Texas and between Texas and other networks across the country.
These leading edge HIE organizations recognize that interoperability is an all-hands-on-deck project for our country’s health care delivery system, and are committed to finding ways to extend our CommonWell mission. Likewise, CommonWell is committed to improving health care interoperability across the nation and looks forward to discovering new ways to work together with respected and successful interoperability organizations, such as MiHIN and THSA.
As demonstrated by these four new General Members, CommonWell membership is open to all segments of the health care industry. If your organization is interested in becoming a member of CommonWell, please check out our Membership Information page and share your interest via our Membership Contact Form.
Nick Knowlton, vice president, business development – Brightree, serves as the CommonWell Membership Committee chair.