Healtheway Convenes Carequality To Take HIE To Next Level

Tom Sullivan | Government Health IT | February 24, 2014

What will it take to ratchet health information exchange up to the next level?

The answer pretty much anyone paying attention would fire back: interoperability. Which is not to suggest that will be easy.

“We’ve seen substantial progress in enabling HIE and connecting networks,” said Mariann Yeager, executive director for Healtheway. “But it’s time to have an interoperability framework that will allow exchange to occur in a way inclusive to all industry stakeholders.”

A cadre of those stakeholders, in fact, approached Healtheway asking it to be the conveyer of such a framework.

Thus was born Carequality; pronounced Care Equality. Yeager described Carequality, which Healtheway unwrapped Monday here at HIMSS14, as “an industry-driven collaborative focusing on interoperability needs that will allow current and new networks to interconnect, not unlike what other industries have done to reach that next level of interoperability.”