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More Government and Industry Health IT Experts Join The Sequoia Project’s Board of Directors

Health IT Experts Provide Strategic Leadership and Expanded Opportunities for Cross-Collaboration of Interoperability Initiatives

Vienna, VA – February 6, 2017 – The Sequoia Project, the leading independent advocate for nationwide health data sharing, announced today the addition of six new members to its board of directors. The following two government liaisons and four industry representative 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 three new industry members, Ahier, Horrocks and Stewart, bring health IT expertise as well as diverse interoperability perspectives to the non-profit’s board, representing health IT vendors, a regional health information exchange (HIE) network, and a health system. They join DeVault, who was re-elected, on a board that is active in guiding the future of The Sequoia Project and its initiatives, including the eHealth Exchange and Carequality.

“The Sequoia Project continues to attract industry and government leaders as we implement real-world health data sharing solutions for both providers and patients,” said Mariann Yeager, CEO of The Sequoia Project. “We look forward to our new board members shaping the strategic growth and impact of The Sequoia Project.”

Ahier, DeVault, and Stewart were selected by The Sequoia Project membership to serve a three-year term beginning this month. In addition, the board appointed Horrocks to complete the remainder of the 2017 term for another open member seat.

According to Ahier, “I’m excited to join the Sequoia Project’s Board of Directors and lend Medicity’s voice to the critical conversation around scalable clinical data exchange. Medicity, which is a business of Aetna, one of the nation’s largest health insurers, recently became a Carequality implementer and we already offer eHealth Exchange-validated services to our clients. I look forward to participating in Sequoia leadership and sharing insights to help continue the movement toward nationwide interoperability.”

Anthony said, “ONC collaborates with industry partners in many ways to help ensure health information flows when and where it is needed the most, I look forward to continued engagement with Sequoia Project and its members.”

DeVault commented, “As an early implementer in the Carequality Interoperability Framework and vigorous supporter of the eHealth Exchange network, Epic has a vested interest in the growth and success of The Sequoia Project and all of its initiatives. During my time with Sequoia, the board has been knowledgeable, committed, and effective. And so I am very pleased to continue to serve as a member of Sequoia’s Board of Directors. Together, we’re committed to making interoperability a reality for patients and providers across the country. We’ve made tremendous strides and I’m confident that this year will see even greater growth toward our ultimate goal of seamless health data exchange nationwide.”

Horrocks added, “Regional exchanges are looking for ways to move records beyond their service areas and to integrate tightly with EHRs. Sequoia’s Carequality Interoperability Framework can help us accomplish these goals on a nationwide basis. I’m excited to be a new member of the Sequoia Project’s Board of Directors and will advocate with my peer HIEs to support the speedy adoption of the national interoperability framework.”

Posnack said, “I’ve worked with CEO Mariann Yeager for a decade in the pursuit of increased access to and sharing of patient health data. By joining The Sequoia Project board, I hope to further align the non-profit and ONC mission for the benefit of patients, providers, and researchers.”

And Stewart said, “The Board of Directors in any organization plays a vital role in approving the way forward for that organization. I’m honored to be selected to the board and represent Dignity Health, one of the nation’s largest health systems. I look forward to working with The Sequoia Project and making sure providers’ voices are included in the conversation about the future of health information exchange.”

A complete list of all of The Sequoia Project Board of Directors, including government liaisons, can be found here: http://sequoiaproject.org/about-us/board-of-directors.

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

Healthcare’s Latest Interoperability Push

Recent collaboration among big-name EHR vendors signals a new push towards greater health information exchange, although barriers in the market still remain

Across the healthcare ecosystem, it’s hardly a secret that providers struggle to get pertinent medical information from exchange partners who use a different electronic health record (EHR) from their own. And if the provider wants to do something impactful with that health data—say receive it in a way that facilitates improvement in patient care, for example—the struggle becomes even more real.

Collaboration Aims To Boost Data Exchange, Improve Interoperability

Carequality and CommonWell Health Alliance have collaborated to boost data exchange and improve interoperability among providers. As part of the partnership, CommonWell will implement Carequality’s interoperability framework, allowing its members and clients to share data with any provider in the Carequality network. Initially, the collaboration will focus on allowing providers to request and retrieve patient records electronically from other providers more easily, but could be expanded to other areas within health IT, according to group spokespersons.

Impact of eHealth Exchange on Nationwide Interoperability

The eHealth Exchange functions at a national level to connect existing health information networks and healthcare organizations to improve the secure and information flow of patient data. Leveraging existing health IT infrastructure is an integral element of the federal plan for achieving nationwide interoperability and successfully implementing a learning health system. The eHealth Exchange is a prime example of this idea in action.

Recent developments demonstrate the capabilities of the nationwide network to forge important connections between healthcare providers and health IT systems.

Carequality, CommonWell to Join Forces to Increase Interoperability

CommonWell Health Alliance and Carequality, two of the leaders in advancing data exchange, have agreed to connect their networks.

Under the agreement, CommonWell will become a Carequality implementer on behalf of its members and their clients, enabling CommonWell subscribers to engage in data exchange through directed queries with any Carequality participant, according to a news release. Carequality will work with CommonWell to make a Carequality compliant version of the CommonWell record locator service available to any provider organization participating in Carequality. CommonWell and the Sequoia Project, the parent under which Carequality operates, will also explore additional collaborative opportunities in the future.

Value of Carequality-CommonWell Interoperability Agreement

The health data exchange agreement between The Sequoia Project’s Carequality and vendor-driven CommonWell Health Alliance warrants a second look, according to the President & CEO of the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative.

In a guest contribution to Life as a Healthcare CIO, Micky Tripathi put into the Carequality-CommonWell interoperability agreement in context, particularly in terms of its impact on healthcare providers.

More Health Orgs Using Surescripts Health Data Exchange Service

Surescripts National Record Locator Services improves health data exchange for 8 more leading health care organizations.

In a crucial step toward nationwide interoperability, eight leading healthcare organizations went live with Surescripts National Record Locator Service (NRLS) as of this week.

Cedars-Sinai, Sutter Health, NorthShore, others sign on with Surescripts record locator service

In an expansion that now covers 140 million patients and more than 2 billion patient visits, Surescripts says providers in eight health systems are the most recent to go live with its National Record Locator Service.

The NRLS, which operates under the Carequality legal and technical frameworks, offers another approach to cross-system interoperability, allowing data sharing across connected technology platforms and networks nationwide.

Two Networks Pledge to Work Toward Interoperability

Sometime before mid-2017, one of the greatest divides in health IT today will start to be bridged.

Communities supporting two of the leading HIT data exchange networks, managed by CommonWell Health Alliance and Carequality, will begin participating in pilot programs to bring each network’s most compelling service to members of the opposite network, according to a joint announcement this month.

7 (plus 1) Predictions for Healthcare IT in 2017

Last year, I had made five predictions for healthcare information technology in 2016. In this, my final post of 2016, I will be reviewing how my predictions turned out, and update the outlook for 2017.

As I write this, President Obama has just signed into law the 21st Century Cures Act, a remarkable achievement coming out of a bipartisan effort that creates funding for the cancer moonshot and aims to reduce FDA regulations, among other things. Healthcare IT is likely to get a boost from the increased focus on data for research and outcomes.

Here’s a review of my five predictions for 2016, along with two new predictions for 2017 — and a caveat.