Two years ago, seven health information technology vendors formed CommonWell Health Alliance, pledging to accelerate interoperability. Since then, the group has grown to about 25 vendor members but progress has been slow. At the start of 2015, only about 20 provider sites had gone live. Now more than 60 sites are live and five members say they are ready to take 5,000 sites live during 2015.

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The vendors include founding members athenahealth, Cerner, Greenway Health and McKesson, and CPSI. Founding members Allscripts and Sunquest are not yet part of the new accelerated push for interoperability.

Athenahealth and CPSI are offering CommonWell to their clients for free, and McKesson is offering the service free to its Paragon customers. Cerner is offering the service free through 2017 following a one-time set-up fee of $5,000 to $10,000 depending on a client’s technical configuration requirements, according to a spokesperson. Greenway Health did not respond to a query about its pricing.

As CommonWell accelerates its go-lives and continues to seek more vendor members, the organization recently hired Jitin Asnaani as its first executive director. He leads corporate interoperability initiatives at athenahealth and formerly worked at Deloitte Consulting and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.

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