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The Sequoia Project Celebrates Five Years with Significant Growth in Enabling Seamless, Nationwide Health Data Exchange

Growth Marked by Increases in Participation, Number of Health Records Exchanged and Connectivity Expansion in All 50 States

Vienna, VA – April 26, 2017 – The Sequoia Project, the leading independent advocate for nationwide health data sharing, celebrates its fifth anniversary this month by announcing that its initiatives – Carequality, eHealth Exchange, and RSNA Image Share Validation – have grown in every conceivable way over the past year, by health organization participants, by geographic reach, and by the sheer number of health records exchanged electronically.

Today, the Carequality Interoperability Framework is widely implemented by more than 19,000 clinics, 800 hospitals, and 250,000 providers. This marks a dramatic increase from one year ago, when Carequality published the nation’s first interoperability framework for trusted health data exchange between and among networks, and 10 pioneering organizations signed up to implement.

The Carequality framework provides a unified health data sharing agreement that outlines how health records are shared. This eliminates the need for individual health organizations to negotiate one-off legal agreements every time they wish to share information with another health organization, which is both time-consuming and costly.

Another Sequoia initiative realizing year-over-year growth is the eHealth Exchange, the largest health data sharing network of its kind in the US. The eHealth Exchange network, which began more than eight years ago as an initiative of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), has grown steadily over the past several years under the stewardship of The Sequoia Project, achieving a 35 percent growth in participation last year alone. To date, the eHealth Exchange connects participants in all 50 states, including four federal agencies, 65 percent of all U.S. hospitals, 46 regional and state HIEs, 50,000 medical groups, and more than 3,400 dialysis centers and 8,300 pharmacies. Combined, the eHealth Exchange supports more than 109 million patients across private, military, veteran, and public care settings.

Both, the Carequality Interoperability Framework and the eHealth Exchange network, are continuing to evolve not only in size but also capabilities and support for its participants beyond standard query for documents utilized by other initiatives around the country. The eHealth Exchange network now allows a dozen use cases including most recently image sharing and life insurance. This month, Carequality launched a new workgroup to improve the content of the health records exchanged.

“We’re experiencing phenomenal growth in building seamless, nationwide health data exchange that unifies providers and patients through a common set of technology standards and rules,” said Mariann Yeager, CEO of The Sequoia Project. “Our comprehensive approach allows health records to follow the patient wherever they receive care, in an integrated way. Using our Carequality framework and eHealth Exchange network, physicians can access a more complete health history while treating patients. This enables them to improve better care coordination for patients by leveraging health IT interoperability.”

The Sequoia Project’s RSNA Image Share Validation initiative uses rigorous technical testing to ensure interoperable and efficient exchange of medical images. This benefits patients and providers with improved efficiency, reduced costs, enhanced quality of care, and standards-based interoperability to spur innovation. This winter, seven companies achieved validation and still others are in the process as the program transitions from pilot to production mode.

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Contact: Dawn Van Dyke
Phone: (571) 346-2439
Email: dvandyke@sequoiaproject.org

Document exchange firm Kno2 partners with ImageTrend

Kno2, a company that optimizes patient document exchange, has partnered with ImageTrend, a developer of software solutions, data analytics and services for emergency medical services (EMS), hospitals, community paramedicing (CP), critical care, fire and preparedness.

ImageTrend will integrate Kno2’s interoperability platform with ImageTrend Elite and Health Information Hub (HIH) to expand choices for achieving rapid, secure exchange of patient documentation between EMS agencies and hospitals, leading to improved care quality, patient safety and better outcomes reporting available to the EMS agencies.

ImageTrend, Kno2 launch secure document exchange tool for EMS

Kno2 and ImageTrend announced a partnership to enable emergency medical services and paramedic teams to more quickly and securely send, receive and query for electronic patient information, the companies said Tuesday.

As FHIR Matures, Healthcare Interoperability Comes into Focus

The Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resource, better known as FHIR, has quickly seared itself into the consciousness of the health IT industry, becoming one of the most promising methodologies for open, seamless data exchange.

In just a few short years, the internet-based interoperability standard has popped up on IT developers’ must-have list, capturing the attention of everyone from first-time startups to some of the heaviest hitters in the electronic health record community.

Industry groups press Congress to back private-sector patient matching solutions

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services should provide technical assistance to private-sector led initiatives that promote patient safety by accurately identifying patients and matching them to their health information, 25 industry groups have informed members of Congress.

Top Ten Tech Trends 2017: Slow FHIR: Will a Much-Hyped Standard Turbo-Charge Interoperability—Or Maybe Not Quite?

Industry leaders see a landscape filled with complexity, when it comes to FHIR’s potential for facilitating rapid progress towards healthcare IT interoperability

Depending on whom you talk to, the U.S. healthcare system is either A) “totally on fire” with FHIR (the Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources draft standard); B) awash with overblown hype on the potential for FHIR to transform the development of APIs (application program interfaces) in healthcare; or C) somewhere in between, with a mix of signals out in the landscape around the FHIR standard and around its potential to profoundly alter the course of the evolution of interoperability going forward.

Atlanta Gastroenterology Associates Connects to GaHIN

Atlanta Gastroenterology Associates (AGA), one of the largest gastroenterology practices in the country, has connected with the Georgia Health Information Network (GaHIN), the statewide health information exchange (HIE) that facilitates the secure exchange of patient health information among hospitals, physicians, clinicians and other members of the medical community.

Apps showcase the benefits of FHIR on the front lines of care

Russell Leftwich, MD, senior clinical advisor, interoperability, for InterSystems, discusses the benefits of FHIR at the point of care through the use of apps.

Russell Leftwich, MD, is senior clinical advisor, interoperability, for InterSystems. Leftwich serves on the board of HL7 International, and is currently co-chair of the IHE USA Implementation Committee, co-chair of the HL7 Learning Health Systems Workgroup, and a member of the Sequoia Project Content Testing Workgroup.

Senior VA IT Officials Indicate Department Will Transition to Commercial EHR

A senior IT official with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) told members of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs during a hearing Tuesday that the department will move to a commercial off-the-shelf electronic health record (EHR) system.

Rob Thomas, II, Acting Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology and Acting CIO, Office of Information and Technology for the VA, testified before House Veterans Affairs committee members during a hearing focused on accessing the VA IT landscape.

The Sequoia Project Adds Six New Members to Board of Directors

Two government liaisons and four health IT industry leaders will join the board of directors of the Vienna, Va.-based The Sequoia Project, a non-profit organization focused on nationwide health data sharing.

The six new board members will supplement the sitting board and will provide new perspectives in The Sequoia Project’s mission to make nationwide health data sharing a reality. The six new board members are:

Brian Ahier, digital health evangelist at Medicity (an Aetna business)

Elise Sweeney Anthony, director of policy at Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC)

Peter DeVault, vice president at Epic

David Horrocks, president at CRISP

Steve Posnack, director of standards and technology at ONC

Ryan Stewart, PMP, director of health information exchange at Dignity Health.