Five major delivery systems have formed a new consortium to securely exchange among themselves data on shared patients.

Geisinger Health System, Group Health Cooperative, Intermountain Healthcare, Kaiser Permanente and Mayo Clinic on April 6 announced the Care Connectivity Consortium.

The goal is to demonstrate better and safer care with data availability through standards-based electronic exchange, according to the organizations. "Collectively, the goal of the consortium will be to take the practical steps needed to actually link needed data between the separate care systems and medical records," according to an announcement.

The organizations are working out details of the consortium and will create a Web site and engage additional partners.

--Joseph Goedert


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