CommonWell Health Alliance, a nonprofit consortium of health IT companies working together to create universal access to health care data, has appointed Jitin Asnaani its first-ever executive director. As the new executive director, Asnaani will build on the current CommonWell momentum in nationwide data exchange as the organization extends the availability of its services nationwide.
Asnaani comes to CommonWell Health Alliance with experience in both the public and private sector—equipping him with the tools and knowledge to effectively collaborate with government, vendors, providers and other interoperability stakeholders across the care continuum. Most recently, Jitin created athenahealth’s Technology Standards and Policy (TSP) program, which drives and advocates for increased HIT interoperability and, more importantly, real-world interoperation. He has also previously led corporate involvement in strategic interoperability initiatives, including Federal Advisory Committees, CommonWell Health Alliance, the Argonaut Project and DirectTrust.org.
“I’m honored to work with members whose commitment to ‘interoperability in action’ has already produced working real-world services that are being deployed throughout the country.” said Jitin Asnaani in a statement, who has been active in the Alliance since its inception at HIMSS 2013. “My priority is to keep that momentum going so that interoperability can contribute to improved delivery and outcomes, sooner rather than later.”
CommonWell has more than doubled its membership over the last year, and its 20 members represent roughly 50% of the acute care EHR market and 20% of the ambulatory care EHR market, as well as market leaders and innovators in laboratory, retail pharmacy and long term care. To date, over 26,000 unique persons have consented to enroll in CommonWell’s network.