CommonWell Members to Build Healthcare APIs to Expand Service

Kate Monica | EHR Intelligence | February 15, 2017

Fourteen members of the trade association will expand CommonWell services by building healthcare APIs.

CommonWell Health Alliance is set to expand as its existing services with agreements from 14 new members committed to building new healthcare application programming interfaces (APIs) for the health data exchange platform. “Although there is still much to be done before achieving the ‘ubiquitous interoperability’ CommonWell Members seek, the collective pursuit of that mission by our Members has created a unique culture of collaboration,” said Executive Director Jitin Asnaani.

“That culture is both driving unrelenting execution and yielding innovations that are taking interoperability well beyond basic connectivity,” he continued. “Simply put, our Members want to do more and know that they can do it here, so we’ve secured the processes, guidelines and commitments to jumpstart their progress.” Currently, CommonWell participants have access to services including person enrollment, record location, patient identification and linking, and data query and retrieval, which are presently live nationwide.

These new healthcare APIs will be especially useful for individuals interested in determining coverage for disability insurance, organizations investing in more effective care coordination, and communities looking to initiate public health programs. Presently CommonWell boasts nearly 9,800 provider sites utilizing their services, including over 5,000 sites now live. The next frontiers for CommonWell and its members are proactive notifications, life and disability care, and direct-to-provider exchange...