McKesson, Cerner In Health IT Interoperability Alliance Talks
Health IT systems vendors McKesson and Cerner are said to be working on a landmark of a deal to cooperate on health information exchange (HIE), potentially breaking down a key barrier to the vision of a nationwide network of interoperable electronic health records (EHRs). It also would put the two companies on stronger footing against rival Epic Systems, which has come to dominate other enterprise EHR vendors in the fast-growing ambulatory market
TechTarget’s SearchHealthIT reported Monday that the two companies were “in discussions to make their EHR patient data exchange interoperable.” Citing unnamed sources, SearchHealthIT said Cerner and McKesson were “working on a joint agreement to enable cross-vendor, national health information exchange,” in a challenge to Epic, which prefers to sell end-to-end systems rather than interface with other vendors’ products.
The publication said a deal could be announced at next month’s Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) annual conference in New Orleans, the largest health IT event of the year.
McKesson’s RelayHealth HIE platform could be at the center of the partnership, the report added.
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