Health IT Players Join to Deliver Interoperability Solution for Health Information Exchange (HIE) Initiatives.

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More and more, the ability to capture and share electronic medical data is being touted as one of the most promising ways to control healthcare costs and improve patient outcomes.

But sharing healthcare data is fraught with problems. Clinicians in a community usually need to work with multiple EHR systems which typically do not communicate with each other. The data fragmentation continues as separate systems for physician offices, clinics, imaging centers, commercial labs and retail pharmacies are introduced to the mix. Hospitals and medical centers often house dozens of systems and harbor concerns about the economic, technical and legal consequences of sharing information with other, nonaffiliated entities.

Now, two health IT players – Covisint, a subsidiary of Compuware Corporation, and Carefx – have come together to market an integrated workflow solution that, they claim, ties together the full spectrum of care, from physician offices to labs and pharmacies, to multiple information systems within hospitals.

Announced at the Healthcare IT Summit being held this week in La Quinta, CA, the new Covisint-Carefx partnership uses technology to close the information gaps between providers, venues and information systems. This allows clinicians to provide patients with a more consistent, higher quality care experience.

Covisint’s cloud-based collaboration platform connects physicians to patient information and healthcare applications in a secure web-based environment. When connected to Carefxs Fusionfx, an interoperable workflow solution for hospitals and health systems, the way clinicians are able to interact with patient data is streamlined, reducing errors and increasing productivity.

The combined system is said to enhance clinical workflows by offering clinicians real-time, unified views of relevant in-patient and imaging data across multiple applications. This means that clinicians, who must often navigate multiple applications from many different hospital facilities and systems, can access synchronized patient data by accessing one customized portal.

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