CommonWell Health Alliance today announced a new option for health IT vendors and healthcare practitioners looking to connect to the nationwide CommonWell interoperability network. Through the creation of this new CommonWell Connector program, participating CommonWell members who provide health data integration platforms and services will now be able to offer CommonWell services to their customers, including both to provider organizations and to other end-user facing platforms such as EHRs.
CommonWell Connector Program Overview
EHRs and HIT vendors connecting to CommonWell via a CommonWell Connector would not be required to become a CommonWell member or certify their products on the CommonWell network. The member serving as the CommonWell Connector will have a certified CommonWell Connected product and act as the intermediary for the connection.
CommonWell will enable certified CommonWell Connectors to minimally pass-through its flow-down terms to their connected EHRs while enabling those CommonWell Connectors to include additional services, as needed by their customers. CommonWell Connectors can also include and promote the CommonWell services and network connectivity as part of their client offerings.
CommonWell Connector Program Members
A few CommonWell members are among the first to become CommonWell Connectors, including Health Gorilla, which plans to begin offering the connection in early summer, and InterSystems, which plans to offer it later this year. The membership will allow Health Gorilla customers to connect with a broad ecosystem of exchange partners through a single onboarding process, minimizing the costs and technical resources needed to connect.
“The CommonWell Connector program is a huge leap forward for clinical interoperability,” said Steve Yaskin, CEO and co-founder of Health Gorilla. “We’re proud to be among the first members to offer CommonWell services to provider organizations, digital health companies and EHRs through the Health Gorilla platform. Together, we can rally the entire ecosystem to improve access to high quality care, especially in underserved markets like Puerto Rico.”
“As a CommonWell Connector, InterSystems will enable users of our HealthShare suite of connected health solutions to utilize a vast network of clinical data,” said Don Woodlock, vice president of HealthShare for InterSystems. “Doing so gives a more comprehensive view of the patient and drives care toward the triple aim of improving the health of populations, reducing the cost of care, and improving the patient’s overall experience.”