A new Care Connectivity Consortium (CCC) has been formed to consider the feasibility of cross-country health information exchange and to implement “interoperability tools” by the end of next year. The consortium includes five large integrated delivery systems, all of which are pioneers of EHR technology, including Geisinger Health System, Danville, Group Health Cooperative (GHC), Intermountain Healthcare, Kaiser Permanente and Mayo Clinic.
The objective of the consortium is to demonstrate improved care techniques and better data availability at remote locations. This will help integrated and instant access of valuable information about patient’s medications, allergies, and health conditions, allowing them to provide the right kind of treatment at the right time, anywhere.
The focus is on speeding up the process to form the National Health Information Network (NHIN). The consortium is also expected to conform to national HIT standards in constructing its data exchange.
Other providers and healthcare workers are also expected to take part in exchanging information and improving patient care. Regional health information exchanges might also work in alliance with the consortium to accomplish shared goals.