Center for Medical Interoperability Statement Supporting Commitments to Improve the Flow of Health Information

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 1, 2016) –

“We are encouraged by the pledges to make health information easily and securely accessible. The public and private sectors must work together to advance this national priority, and we appreciate HHS’s leadership and commitment to our shared goals. The Center is engaging in its capacity as a cooperative R&D arm for health systems, guiding innovation and providing a vendor-neutral focal point to work with solution providers,” said Michael M. E. Johns, MD, founding chairman of the Center for Medical Interoperability and emeritus executive vice president for health affairs, president, CEO and chair, Emory Healthcare.

“The need for health information begins at the patient bedside. It’s a complex, challenging environment for nurses and we must create real-time records that are complete and consistent. This means breaking down proprietary silos at all levels of exchange and making it easier to share clinically rich data across medical devices and IT systems. The Center looks forward to collaborating on this,” said Michael Schatzlein, MD, vice chairman of the Center for Medical Interoperability and senior vice president and group ministry operating executive of Ascension Health.

Read the Center’s Interoperability Shared Commitment Pledge »

About the Center for Medical Interoperability

The Center for Medical Interoperability is a 501(c)(3) organization led by health systems to change how medical technologies work together. We aim to improve real-time information flow and make technology function seamlessly in the background so we can achieve the best possible outcomes for patients. Our members are committed to compelling change and improving patient safety, care quality and outcomes, and reducing clinician burden and waste. Learn more at