Hospital vendor Computer Programs and Systems Inc. and laboratory vendor Sunquest Information Systems have joined the CommonWell Health Alliance, the first health information technology companies to join since charter members announced in March 2013 the effort to cooperate on systems interoperability issues.

The new entrants--along with Allscripts, athenahealth, Cerner, Greenway Medical Technologies, and McKesson and its Relay Health unit--will define, promote and certify a national infrastructure with common platforms and policies.

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