Carequality's interoperability framework now exchanging 2.5 million documents monthly

Dave Cassel said the Sequoia Project's interoperability initiative enables a variety of health orgs to exchange clinical documents from athenahealth, eClinicalWorks, Epic, GE Healthcare and more.
By Bernie Monegain
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On the cusp of HIMSS18, Carequality gave an update on the progress it has made in the past year-and-a-half. 

“We’ve gone from concept to critical mass,” said Carequality Vice President Dave Cassel. “The speed with which this has occurred isn’t something we’re accustomed to from interoperability projects, historically.” 

Results: More than 1,250 hospitals, 35,000 clinics, and 600,000 healthcare providers connected via the Carequality interoperability framework are now exchanging nearly 2.5 million clinical documents every month. 

[Also: Denver medical groups tap Carequality to pull together mental and physical patient data]

Nine Carequality members are exchanging records today: athenahealth, eClinicalWorks, Epic, GE Healthcare, Netsmart, NextGen Healthcare, OneRecord, Santa Cruz HIE and Surescripts.

Cassel credited the participants for having done the hard work of getting their members and customers wired in. “It comes down to trust,” he added, “which stems from the contractual governance, but is validated through solid onboarding processes.”

In addition to the regional health information exchange, record locator service, personal health and EHR vendors live now, 18 other organizations have signed on to be implementers of the Carequality framework. Those in the onboarding process now include new kinds of service providers, consumer apps, and additional EHR vendors and HIEs.

Carequality will be in Booth 3374.

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