Center for Medical interoperability goes public

The center, which aims to be a test lab of sorts for providers seeking to integrate patient records, medical devices and other health technology, is announcing its board of directors and $10 million in funding from the Gary and Mary West Foundation today. The center wants to help hospitals and doctors develop, test and certify standards for device and EHR interoperability, and would evaluate standard-setting bodies like HL7 and vendor-driven initiatives like the CommonWell Health Alliance. The goal is to give providers more control over what an interoperable system looks like. “These are the health systems, the entities buying, deploying and using the technology to take care of patients stating what their needs and requirements are and then working with vendors to address that,” said Kerry McDermott, the center’s vice president of public policy and communications.

— Board members include leaders from the Hospital Corporation of America, Community Health, Ascension Health and others including Johns Hopkins, Cedars-Sinai, Vanderbilt and Northwestern, which collectively make up more than 10 percent of hospitals in the country.

The board chair will be Michael Johns, a former vice president of the University of Michigan Health System and chancellor of Emory University. Press release here:


Via Politico