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CommonWell-Carequality beefs up data sharing, but some providers remain disconnected

December 05, 2018 / Rose Meltzer

Last month, CommonWell and Carequality officially teamed up, allowing providers to share information in electronic health records (EHRs) with one another regardless of which vendor they use. The move was supposed to make it easy for providers to communicate and connect with one another. Why, then, is automatic interoperability still not the norm? According to a new report from KLAS, a firm that evaluates the latest CommonWell-Carequality connection, “opt-in” requirements for users have slowed the facilitation of interoperability, particularly among community providers. KLAS analysts called the new connection "critical step towards data sharing." Vendors including eClinicalWorks and Cerner encourage their users to participate in the CommonWell connection. However, an “opt-out” system, which Athenahealth and Epic use, is likely the solution. Both have eliminated this problem almost entirely, with CommonWell and Carequality adoption rates at or above 90%.