CommonWell expands interoperability push

MacPractice, Brightree add new facets to healthcare data exchange project
By Mike Miliard
11:10 AM

CommonWell Health Alliance, the IT trade association working to drive data liquidity among its members, has signed on two new vendors -- branching into post-acute care and making a pivot toward Apple users.

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Lawrenceville, Ga.-based Brightree is CommonWell's first exclusively post-acute vendor, with a sizable footprint in fast-growing home health sector. Officials say its addition will offer new opportunities to extend interoperability to in-home care.

MacPractice, meanwhile, based in Lincoln, Neb., is targeted toward the Apple community, with OSX-and iOS-native electronic health record and practice management technology. Its 30,000 users -- including some 15,000 providers -- will help expand CommonWell's reach to Apple-friendly docs, dentists, chiropractors, ophthalmologists and more.

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In a press statement, Dave Cormack, president and CEO of Brightree, said membership in CommonWell will help "ensure the unique workflows and needs of home health, long-term care and hospice providers are considered in setting new data-sharing standards across the complete continuum of care."

"MacPractice is excited to collaborate with other top HIT vendors to make interoperability a practical reality that benefits US patients and doctors," added Mark Hollis, CEO of MacPractice.

The two firms join members Allscripts, athenahealth, Cerner, CPSI, Greenway, McKesson and Sunquest, contributing members CVS Caremark and MEDHOST, and service provider RelayHealth.


"When CommonWell was created in 2013, we wanted to ensure our members and their clients received value quickly and comprehensively," said Nick Knowlton, senior director at Greenway Health and CommonWell board member, in a press statment. "In that spirit, each of our initial member companies brought a unique aspect to allow us to stay focused, yet visionary."

With these new members, he added, and with more than 10 provider sites now live with the project, with thousands of patients enrolled and dozens of clinicians leveraging CommonWell members' services, the alliance plans to open its membership to more organizations who share its vision for interoperability.