Healtheway, which administratively operates eHealth Exchange, a public-private effort to develop the nationwide health information network, has launched a complementary initiative called Carequality at the HIMSS14 Conference in Orlando.

With commitments from 26 organizations, Carequality aims to develop a national-level set of standards to enable authorized providers to securely access patient data from other providers as easily as data is exchanged on the banking ATM network.

“The new frontier in achieving nationwide, secure health data exchange involves building upon all of the existing great work across various consortia and networks, and tying it all together into a unified approach for the industry,” says Mariann Yeager, executive director at Healtheway.

Organizations supporting Carequality, dominated by software vendors, include California Association of Health Information Exchanges, CareEvolution, Community Health Information Collaborative, CVS MinuteClinic, eClinicalWorks, Epic, Greenway, HIElix, Hyland Software, ICA, Intermountain Healthcare, InterSystems, Kaiser Permanente and lifeIMAGE.

Also: MDI Achieve, Medfusion, Medicity, MedVirginia, Mirth, Netsmart, New York eHealth Collaborative, Optum, Orion Health, Santa Cruz Health Information Exchange, Surescripts and Walgreens. Carequality seeks additional stakeholders and those joining by April 1 will be considered founders in the initiative. More information is available here.


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