CommonWell Health Alliance, under which 20 health information technology vendors are cooperating to improve interoperability, has hired one of its founders three years ago as the first executive director.

Jitin Asnaani leads corporate interoperability initiatives of member vendor Athenahealth. He also worked at Deloitte Consulting and the Officer of the National Coordinator for HIT.

In addition to Athenahealth, other founding vendors include Allscripts, Cerner, CPSI, Greenway Health, McKesson and Sunquest. The 20 members represent about half of the acute care electronic health records market and a fifth of the ambulatory market.

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Other recent HIT vendor news includes:

* Population health management vendor Phytel has announced an agreement with the National Committee for Quality Assurance under which physician practices using Phytel software will automatically meet a significant part of NCQA’s criteria for recognition as a patient-centered medical home. The criteria cover such as areas as identification of patients with gaps in care and outreach to engage them, and generating performance reports on multiple population health quality measures.

* New software from MedAptus automates the assigning of hospitalists to patients, based on such factors as continuity of care, overall acuity, diagnosis, patient safety, proper reimbursement and overall provider efficiency. The product is being demonstrated this week at the Society of Hospital Medicine’s annual conference, being held in National Harbor, Md.

* Release of information vendor MRO Corp. has expanded its geographic market by acquiring complementary firm United Record Solutions of Syracuse, N.Y. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. MRO will implement its software at URS client sites and Bo Stoianoff, president of URS, will serve as MRO’s northeast director of client relations.

* Data warehouse and analytics vendor Health Catalyst has raised $70 million in a new funding round. Participants included existing investors Norwest Venture Partners, Sequoia Capital, Kaiser Permanente Ventures, Sorenson Capital, CHV Capital and Partners HealthCare. New investors include Sands Capital Ventures, Tenaya Capital, Epic Ventures and Leavitt Equity Partners.

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