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.

Initial components of the national infrastructure, with pilot testing during the next year, will include cross-entity patient linking and matching services, patient consent and data access management technology, and patient record locator and directed query services. CommonWell members commit to collaborating with all HIT developers and invite other vendors and stakeholders to join.

CPSI serves community and rural hospitals with more than 650 clients across the nation. Sunquest is the first CommonWell member that focuses on laboratory and diagnostic facilities, with market share in 37 percent of hospitals, according to the vendor.

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