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Interoperability groups are evolving, expanding during COVID-19

From Healthcare IT News
By Mike Miliard


Leaders from CommonWell Health Alliance, DirectTrust and Quality Health Network offered updates on their pandemic response during a recent HIMSS20 Digital event.

As it has in so many other areas of the U.S. healthcare system, the coronavirus crisis has highlighted some fundamental challenges with regard to interoperability, data exchange, and public health surveillance and reporting.

But there have been some bright spots too, as health information exchange organizations have pivoted to meet the unique needs of this moment – and have often seen a marked uptick in participating organizations, according to a recent HIMSS20 Digital presentation.

The discussion, Striving Toward an Open Ecosystem: Expanding Interoperability Across Care Settings, offers a broader overview of how stakeholder groups are enabling broad, use case-driven data exchange, and how they’re working to help address gaps and shortfalls in different areas of the healthcare ecosystem. But during the chat, leaders from CommonWell Health Alliance, DirectTrust and Quality Health Network also offered some insights into how COVID-19 has changed their offerings in recent months.

During the presentation, moderator Ben Moscovitch, manager of health IT at the Pew Charitable Trusts, asked the panelists how the pandemic has affected them – which opportunities for partnerships it has opened up, and which challenges it has exposed.

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