In 1997 MedShape – the company that developed the predecessor to the Qvera Interface Engine (QIE) – was founded by Qvera’s CEO Sam Shapiro. MedShape developed an HL7 interface engine known as RSIE. This original interface engine provided valuable experience and insight that would later be leveraged during the process of building QIE – Qvera’s award-winning HL7 interface engine. In 2003, MedShape was acquired by an Oregon based medical software company and as part of that acquisition Sam Shapiro took a role in the new company as a senior executive. During his time there, he played key roles in shaping product direction and building the customer base to more than 10 times what it was when he joined.
Qvera was founded in 2008 and in 2009 they negotiated the re-purchase of the intellectual property for the original RSIE interface engine developed by its predecessor MedShape. With this intellectual property and the new Qvera team, they began the process of building a next-generation interface engine platform. QIE benefits not only from the earlier experience building RSIE, but also from the timing of its inception. QIE was being developed at the same time that new healthcare interoperability standards such as CDA and HL7 FHIR were being adopted. QIE was built with this knowledge and an understanding of the emerging healthcare interoperability standards. As a result it provides unparalleled support for today’s dynamic healthcare interoperability ecosystem.
Just a few short years after it’s initial release, the QIE install base had already grown to more than 500 individual clinics and hospitals who had selected QIE as their platform of choice for enabling interoperability within their healthcare IT ecosystems.
In 2015, Qvera’s CTO Ron Shapiro was invited to join the IHE USA Implementation Committee where he played a strategic role in closing gaps in healthcare IT interoperability and information exchange.
Qvera recognized very early on the potential that the proposed HL7 FHIR standard had to change the healthcare interoperability landscape. As a founding member of the HL7® FHIR® Foundation, in 2017 Qvera’s CTO Ron Shapiro became co-chair of HL7 International’s Modeling and Methodology work group. This workgroup has been responsible for defining the basic building blocks of the HL7 FHIR specification. The HL7 FHIR standard has been adopted by the healthcare community faster than any other interoperability standard since the release of HL7 version 2.0.
Qvera partnered with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in a new initiative called Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) for private healthcare practices. CPC+ is a five-year initiative – with Phase 1 launched in January 2017 – building an advanced payment model (APM) for physicians as a result of the original CPC lessons learned.
Black Book Research compiled results from health care providers and payers surveyed on their experiences as clients interacting with Healthcare IT companies. The top 50 companies ranked highest in client experience were named “Most Disruptive” for their innovative approach to digital health transformation. The results were broken down into categories. Qvera was ranked as the most disruptive interoperability company, and the 5th most disruptive company overall.
Qvera became one of the first five health IT vendors to become certified by the HIMSS Immunization Integration Program (IIP), a groundbreaking initiative aimed at integrating immunization data exchange into EHRs and other clinical software. When HIMSS announced the IIP, it was a natural decision for Qvera to move forward with testing — because we believe seamless and efficient interoperability has the power to drive down healthcare costs and improve patient experiences as well as outcomes.
QIE 4.0 was re-engineered from the ground up to be optimized for today’s intelligent healthcare cloud. QIE is the first major HL7 interface engine platform to fully integrate cloud technologies. This includes support for deploying QIE as lightweight Docker containers that can be dynamically scaled using orchestration platforms like Docker Swarm or Kubernetes Engine. QIE supports all cloud hosting environments include Amazon AWS, Google Cloud Platform and Microsoft Azure.