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National Record Locator Service Adds Vendors To Expand Nationwide Interoperability

Surescripts has announced its National Record Locator Service (NRLS) is now live at 14 major health systems nationwide, allowing providers to locate and share records for 230 million patients in real time and boosting interoperability. The NRLS system enables providers to see where patients have previously received care and retrieves medical records regardless of geography.

At HIMSS17, unlock the power of your data

“Data is the currency of the next century,” says Brian Ahier. And nowhere are health data and data management processes discussed, analyzed and examined more than at the annual HIMSS Annual Conference and Exhibition.

Healthcare’s Latest Interoperability Push

Recent collaboration among big-name EHR vendors signals a new push towards greater health information exchange, although barriers in the market still remain

Across the healthcare ecosystem, it’s hardly a secret that providers struggle to get pertinent medical information from exchange partners who use a different electronic health record (EHR) from their own. And if the provider wants to do something impactful with that health data—say receive it in a way that facilitates improvement in patient care, for example—the struggle becomes even more real.

Collaboration Aims To Boost Data Exchange, Improve Interoperability

Carequality and CommonWell Health Alliance have collaborated to boost data exchange and improve interoperability among providers. As part of the partnership, CommonWell will implement Carequality’s interoperability framework, allowing its members and clients to share data with any provider in the Carequality network. Initially, the collaboration will focus on allowing providers to request and retrieve patient records electronically from other providers more easily, but could be expanded to other areas within health IT, according to group spokespersons.

Carequality, CommonWell to Join Forces to Increase Interoperability

CommonWell Health Alliance and Carequality, two of the leaders in advancing data exchange, have agreed to connect their networks.

Under the agreement, CommonWell will become a Carequality implementer on behalf of its members and their clients, enabling CommonWell subscribers to engage in data exchange through directed queries with any Carequality participant, according to a news release. Carequality will work with CommonWell to make a Carequality compliant version of the CommonWell record locator service available to any provider organization participating in Carequality. CommonWell and the Sequoia Project, the parent under which Carequality operates, will also explore additional collaborative opportunities in the future.

Value of Carequality-CommonWell Interoperability Agreement

The health data exchange agreement between The Sequoia Project’s Carequality and vendor-driven CommonWell Health Alliance warrants a second look, according to the President & CEO of the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative.

In a guest contribution to Life as a Healthcare CIO, Micky Tripathi put into the Carequality-CommonWell interoperability agreement in context, particularly in terms of its impact on healthcare providers.

More Health Orgs Using Surescripts Health Data Exchange Service

Surescripts National Record Locator Services improves health data exchange for 8 more leading health care organizations.

In a crucial step toward nationwide interoperability, eight leading healthcare organizations went live with Surescripts National Record Locator Service (NRLS) as of this week.

Eight More Health Systems Go Live with Surescripts National Record Locator Service

Eight more health systems have now gone live with Surescripts National Record Locator Service (NRLS), which aims to give healthcare providers fast and easy access to clinical records and historical patient visit locations.

Cedars-Sinai, Sutter Health, NorthShore, others sign on with Surescripts record locator service

In an expansion that now covers 140 million patients and more than 2 billion patient visits, Surescripts says providers in eight health systems are the most recent to go live with its National Record Locator Service.

The NRLS, which operates under the Carequality legal and technical frameworks, offers another approach to cross-system interoperability, allowing data sharing across connected technology platforms and networks nationwide.

Two Networks Pledge to Work Toward Interoperability

Sometime before mid-2017, one of the greatest divides in health IT today will start to be bridged.

Communities supporting two of the leading HIT data exchange networks, managed by CommonWell Health Alliance and Carequality, will begin participating in pilot programs to bring each network’s most compelling service to members of the opposite network, according to a joint announcement this month.