There’s been no bigger trend in health care over the past decade than the advancement of electronic medical records (EMRs) within clinics, hospitals and health care systems across the United States.
Now, some leading providers of EMR systems have partnered to establish a nonprofit alliance aimed at developing new and better ways to share data between systems that some critics have argued don’t share data in optimal ways.
According to Bloomberg’s Alex Nussbaum, the partnership known as the CommonWell Health Alliance will initially include Cerner Corp., McKesson Corp., Athenahealth Inc., Allscripts Healthcare Solutions, Inc., and Greenway Medical Technologies. The group believes their partnership will help push innovation while helping the companies develop products that enhance – not detract from – physician coordination and patient care.
The largest EMR vendor in the country, Epic, is not currently included although the partnership said they’re committed to working with all vendors.