Cerner, McKesson, Allscripts, athenahealth, Greenway and RelayHealth Announce Ground Breaking Alliance to Enable Integrated

  Cerner, McKesson, Allscripts, athenahealth, Greenway and RelayHealth
  Announce Ground Breaking Alliance to Enable Integrated Health Care

   First-of-its-kind effort to transform quality and cost effectiveness by
    enabling data liquidity across systems, settings and episodes of care


Business Wire

NEW ORLEANS -- March 4, 2013

Top health care information technology (HIT) companies Cerner, McKesson,
Allscripts, athenahealth, Greenway Medical Technologies® and RelayHealth
announced today the launch of the CommonWell Health Alliance™, planned to be
an independent not-for-profit organization that will support universal,
trusted access to health care data through seamless interoperability. This
historic effort is aimed at improving the quality of care delivery while
working to lower costs for care providers, patients and the industry as a

The Alliance intends to be a collaborative effort of suppliers who are focused
on achieving data liquidity between systems, in compliance with patient
authorizations. The Alliance will define, promote and certify a national
infrastructure with common platforms and policies. It also will ensure that
HIT products displaying the Alliance seal are certified to work on the
national infrastructure.

“Today’s announcement represents an inflection point in health care, with key
industry leaders coming together to support the delivery of a national health
information exchange,” said John Hammergren, chairman and CEO, McKesson
Corporation. “The formation of this alliance takes health care a step closer
to broad industry interoperability. A national and trusted health information
exchange will break down the information silos in health care and should
dramatically improve the quality and cost effectiveness of care delivery.
Creating data liquidity between all HIT developers is fundamental to improving
patient care, enhancing the vitality of the health care industry, and
strengthening the long-term health of our nation.”

“We believe the industry needs to step up to the challenges of
interoperability,” noted Neal Patterson, co-founder, chairman, CEO and
president, Cerner. “If we can rise to the challenge as an industry, we have a
chance to deliver a golden era of health care. It is a system where consumers
not only have a right to their data, but also have the ability to mobilize it
in the pursuit of better health. This alliance is about setting aside the
admittedly tough politics of this issue to do what is right for the health
care consumer. We at Cerner are proud to play a leadership role in this
exciting effort.”

Elements of the Alliance’s national infrastructure will be tested in a local
pilot within the next year. Early components will include the following core

  *Cross-entity patient linking and matching services: Help developers and
    providers link and match patients as they transition through care
    facilities, regardless of the underlying software system
  *Patient consent and data access management: Foster HIPAA-compliant and
    simple patient-centered management of data sharing consents and
  *Patient record locator and directed query services: Help providers deliver
    a history of recent patient care encounters, and, with appropriate
    authorization, patient data across multiple providers and episodes of care

“The formation of the CommonWell Health Alliance will be a significant step
forward toward the electronic exchange of health information to support
clinicians and patients,” said Janet Marchibroda, director of the Health
Innovation Initiative at the Bipartisan Policy Center. “The founding members
of the Alliance are focused on exactly the right foundational areas, and it’s
terrific to see industry leaders stepping up to solve the problem of
interoperability on behalf of providers and patients everywhere.”

“Allscripts’ vision has been to create a true Connected Community of Health.
We believe open platforms are required to realize that vision and make the
improvements our health care delivery system needs to dramatically improve
outcomes while reducing cost,” said Paul Black, president and CEO, Allscripts.
“This alliance provides a framework that will enable patient identification
and record-sharing for providers across the nation. This is good for care
providers, for patients and for the country. We are proud to be a founding
member and to help lead this important effort.”

“Greenway has anticipated this evolution to a smarter health care system based
on open collaboration and data flow,” said Tee Green, president and CEO,
Greenway. “We’ve been telling caregivers the marketplace can provide it and
sustain it, and they are right to expect it. Consumers are no different, and a
patient-enabled approach to data access will foster a deeper and more
efficient patient-provider relationship. Allowing data to flow more freely
fits the needs of a mobile society just as providers are taking on more
financial risk in coordinating care. We are committed to the Alliance goals
and our ongoing participation as this initiative grows.”

“We’ve built athenahealth on the vision that health care needs an information
backbone that facilitates and incents true health information exchange.
However, the promise of the free flow of health information and the reality of
it today are worlds apart,” said Jonathan Bush, CEO and chairman,
athenahealth, Inc. “We support the CommonWell Health Alliance because we
believe that being open matters, especially when it comes to patient care.
CommonWell’s efforts to bring major developers together to pilot patient
linking and matching across IT systems and care settings is an important step
in the right direction.We look forward to helping lead these efforts as a
founding member of the Alliance.”

Members of the Alliance are committed to collaborating with all HIT developers
to realize the vision of integrated health care and encourage other HIT
companies to join the CommonWell Health Alliance by visiting The founding members of the Alliance will be
holding a press conference on March 4, 2013, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. CT
at the HIMSS 2013 Annual Conference and Exhibition in New Orleans. The event
will also be livestreamed at Please visit  for additional details.

About CommonWell Health Alliance

CommonWell Health Alliance is anticipated to be an independent not-for-profit
trade association of HIT companies that will work together to create universal
access to patient health care data. The Alliance will be open to all health
information technology developers that are committed to making patient’s data
available to themselves and providers regardless of where care occurs.
Alliance members will support the belief that provider access to this data
must be built-in to health information technologies at a reasonable cost for
use by a broad range of health care providers and the patients they serve.

The founding members of CommonWell Health Alliance invite all HIT suppliers to
join us in working together to provide seamless, trusted access to health
information, in support of better, more cost-effective care for our patients
and communities.

To learn more about the CommonWell Health Alliance, please visit

About Cerner

Cerner Corp. (NASDAQ: CERN) is contributing to the systemic change of health
and care delivery. For more than 30 years Cerner has been executing its vision
to make health care safer and more efficient. We started with the foundation
of digitizing paper processes and now offer the most comprehensive array of
information software, professional services, medical device integration,
remote hosting and employer health and wellness services. Cerner systems are
used by everyone from individual consumers, to single-doctor practices,
hospitals, employers and entire countries. Taking what we’ve learned over more
than three decades, Cerner is building on the knowledge that is in the system
to support evidence-based clinical decisions, prevent medical errors and
empower patients in their care.

Cerner® solutions are licensed by approximately 10,000 facilities around the
world, including more than 2,700 hospitals; 4,150 physician practices; 45,000
physicians; 550 ambulatory facilities, such as laboratories, ambulatory
centers, behavioral health centers, cardiac facilities, radiology clinics and
surgery centers; 800 home health facilities; 40 employer sites and 1,750
retail pharmacies.

About McKesson

McKesson Corporation (NYSE: MCK), currently ranked 14th on the FORTUNE 500, is
a healthcare services and information technology company dedicated to making
the business of healthcare run better. We partner with payers, hospitals,
physician offices, pharmacies, pharmaceutical companies and others across the
spectrum of care to build healthier organizations that deliver better care to
patients in every setting. McKesson helps its customers improve their
financial, operational, and clinical performance with solutions that include
pharmaceutical and medical-surgical supply management, healthcare information
technology, and business and clinical services. For more information, visit us

About Allscripts

Allscripts(NASDAQ:MDRX) delivers the insights that healthcare providers
require to generate world-class outcomes. The company's Electronic Health
Record, practice management and other clinical, revenue cycle, connectivity
and information solutions create aConnected Community of Health™ for
physicians, hospitals and post-acute organizations. To learn more about
Allscripts, please, Twitter, YouTube and It Takes A
Community: The Allscripts Blog.

About athenahealth

athenahealth, Inc. is a leading provider of cloud-based Best in KLAS
electronic health record (EHR), practice management, and care coordination
services to medical groups and health systems. athenahealth’s mission is to be
the most trusted service to medical care givers, helping them do well by doing
the right thing. For more information, please visit or
call 888-652-8200.

About Greenway Medical Technologies

Greenway Medical Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: GWAY) delivers innovative software
and business service solutions for healthcare providers through its
PrimeSUITE^® platform. As a certified and fully integrated electronic health
record, practice management and interoperability solution, Greenway PrimeSUITE
helps improve care coordination, quality and cost-efficiency as part of a
smarter, sustainable healthcare system. Thousands of care providers across
primary care and more than 30 specialties and sub-specialties use cloud-based
or on-premise Greenway^® solutions in healthcare enterprises, physician
practices and clinics nationwide.

About RelayHealth

RelayHealth, McKesson’s connectivity business, enables the trusted exchange of
clinical, financial and administrative information between patients,
providers, payers, pharmacies, pharmaceutical manufacturers and government
agencies. RelayHealth processes nearly 16 billion healthcare transactions
annually by integrating the delivery of high-quality care and improving the
financial outcomes for its customers. For more information, call 888.743.8735,
or visit our Web site at Follow us on Twitter
(@RelayHealth) or visit the RelayHealth Facebook page.


CommonWell Health Alliance Press Contact:
Hill+Knowlton Strategies
Sunok Pak, 415-216-5528
CommonWell Health Alliance Member Press Contacts:
Jennifer Bosshardt, 816-885-5663
Kris Fortner, 415-983-8352
Ariana Nikitas, 773-490-5657
Holly Spring, 781-888-8219
James Robinson (GCI Health), 404-259-5542
Lynne Durham, 770-237-7506
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