Providing quality healthcare works best when you have the right information at the right time. So, understanding a patient’s history—when they’ve been seen, why, where, and by whom—affects every aspect of the care you provide.

However, gathering that crucial information is often a major burden for your staff. The back-and-forth of phone calls, faxes, emails, and mail is inefficient and can cause delays in needed care.

Interoperability and CommonWell

Electronic health records (EHR) are a good first step. But connecting to patient information that originates outside your facility or network requires access to a larger, coordinated system. That’s where interoperability and CommonWell Health Alliance comes in.

CommonWell offers a nationwide network that makes health data available to individuals and caregivers regardless of where care occurs. CommonWell members include companies ranging from healthcare organizations to EHR companies and data exchange vendors, all of whom share the goal of making health data more accessible and using that data to improve health outcomes. By leveraging existing health information exchange (HIE) standards, CommonWell offers scalable, secure, reliable interoperability and allows its members to choose their preferred approach to connect to the network.

“Interoperability helps improve the patient experience through care transitions,” – Nick Knowlton, board chair, CommonWell Health Alliance and vice president of Strategic Initiatives, ResMed