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At Boston Children's Hospital, an Interoperability Win is Imminent

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   January 17, 2017

The hospital runs Cerner, but its affiliated physicians organization is implementing Epic, so new connections are arriving just in time.

Last month's announcement that Carequality and CommonWell are connecting their networks has apparently caught the imagination of health IT leaders at providers across the country.

Perhaps no organizations stand to benefit more in the immediate term than Boston Children's Hospital and its affiliated Pediatric Physicians Organization at Children's Hospital (PPOC). The hospital is running Cerner's EHR, and PPOC is going live on Epic's EHR at 80 practices representing 400 providers this March.

Moreover, the hospital actually runs Epic as well, to manage its revenue cycle.

Such a mixed bag of EHRs is practically a poster child for the need for CommonWell and Carequality to connect, which will first occur via pilots beginning in the first half of this year.

Two Networks Pledge to Work Toward Interoperability

To round out Boston Children's perfect storm of EHR interoperability needs, the organization faces exponential growth this year in the number of covered lives which will be in the organization's Medicaid ACO operated in conjunction with the commonwealth of Massachusetts, says Dan Nigrin, MD, the hospital's chief information officer.

"You can't provide the optimal care for the patient without knowing fully what's happening to them, so this interoperability is going to be a huge component of our ACO effort," he says.

Scott Mace is the former senior technology editor for HealthLeaders Media. He is now the senior editor, custom content at H3.Group.

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