Last week, five health IT vendors came together to announce the CommonWell Health Alliance, a nonprofit focused on developing a national secure network and standards that will: 1. Unambiguously identify patients 2. Provide a national, secure record locator service. For treatment purposes, providers can know where a patient’s records are located. 3. Enable peer-to-peer sharing of patient records requested via a targeted (or directed) query 4. Enable patients and consumers to withhold consent / authorization for participation in the network Unambiguous patient identity matters In banking, without certainty about identity, ATM machines would not give out cash.  And in healthcare without certainty about identity, physicians are working with one hand tied behind their backs. This problem will never be solved by the Feds. In fact, Congress has restricted any spending on it by the government at all.  Industry working together […]