The Sequoia Project

  • Improving Provider Satisfaction in the Post-HITECH Era

    15 September 2017 |

    A recent article in the New England Journal of Medicine examined the impact of the HITECH Act on EHR adoption and advised policymakers on ways to improve provider satisfaction and health IT innovation in the post-HITECH era. Co-authors Beth Israel Deaconess CIO John Halamka, MD and Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative CEO Mickey Tripathi, PhD acknowledged that HITECH is […]

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  • Health IT Expert Tripathi Digs Deep on Impact of Epic’s Share Everywhere Release

    15 September 2017 |

    Micky Tripathi feels that patients driving the innovation is the important takeaway from the big Epic news this week

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  • Can $10B Solve Healthcare’s Big Data Analytics, Productivity Woes?

    12 September 2017 |

    The healthcare industry is no stranger to weighty problems, including skyrocketing costs, slumping provider productivity, and the near-universal lack of big data liquidity – and it has certainly tried to implement its fair share of forceful solutions. The obvious inefficiency of such a system quickly gave rise to health information exchanges (HIEs), Direct secure messaging, […]

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  • HIE Collaboratives Helping to Advance Health IT Interoperability

    31 August 2017 |

    Health information exchange (HIE) collectives and networks-of-networks including eHealth Exchange, CommonWell, and Surescripts help promote secure health data exchange across healthcare facilities nationwide. Specifically, many networks-of-networks have been successful in promoting standardization through the use of the Carequality technical and legal framework. In 2016, CommonWell signed an agreement with Carequality to implement the Carequality Interoperability Framework to […]

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  • HIMSS, EHRA urge ONC to tap existing models for Trusted Exchange Framework

    28 August 2017 |

    Two health IT groups are calling for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT to use existing private sector interoperability models as the agency finalizes guidelines for trusted data exchange. The ONC is currently developing a Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement required under the 21st Century Cures Act to facilitate health data interoperability. […]

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  • EHR Vendors Urge ONC to Build on Existing Standards for Exchange Framework

    25 August 2017 |

    The Electronic Health Record Association (EHRA), which represents 30 electronic health record (EHR) companies, urged the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) to build on existing standards and technology for interoperability, rather than introducing major mid-course changes, with regard to its work on the 21st Century Cures Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement.

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  • VA to Share DoD Health System

    22 August 2017 |

    The Department of Veterans Affairs plans to move its health records to the same system used by the Pentagon. VA would adopt the Pentagon’s electronic records system, known as MHS Genesis, acquired by DoD in 2015. Fairchild AFB, Wash., is the first military hospital to use it with more hospitals expected to start this year.

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  • What ONC is Asking Itself

    21 August 2017 |

    Anybody in health IT following the work of ONC over the last several months has clearly seen the new leadership’s focus on improving the usability and interoperability of EHRs. But the office’s head, Don Rucker, gave more details on three questions ONC is asking itself as it opens a two-day Technical Interoperability Forum.

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  • ONC seeks comment on Trusted Exchange and Common Agreement

    25 July 2017 |

    The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology convened industry stakeholders at a kick-off meeting on Monday in Washington to help develop consensus around enabling network-to-network exchange of healthcare data nationally. Charged with supporting nationwide interoperability under the 21st Century Cures Act, Section 4003 of the law directs ONC to establish a trusted […]

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  • WY Medical Center Connects Epic EHR to eHealth Exchange

    11 July 2017 |

    Cheyenne Regional Medical Center (CRMC) in Wyoming recently connected to the Sequoia Project’s eHealth Exchange using Epic EHR. Connecting to the federal eHealth Exchange gives CRMC access to the largest secure health data sharing network in the country.

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