The Sequoia Project’s CEO to Participate in Panel at ONC Annual Meeting

Discussing the Progress and Opportunity for Nationwide Health Data Sharing

McLEAN, VA. (May 24, 2016) The Sequoia Project’s CEO, Mariann Yeager, will participate in a panel on Tuesday, May 31 regarding nationwide health data sharing at an event hosted by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). Ms. Yeager, representing both the eHealth Exchange and Carequality (Sequoia Project initiatives), will join other health IT industry leaders in addressing the topic of “Making the Pledge, Connecting Communities.” The panelists will share progress made to date in achieving secure nationwide exchange and will highlight health IT interoperability opportunities for the coming year.

“This is an exciting period for health IT and interoperability,” said Ms. Yeager. “We’ve transitioned from making commitments and laying the groundwork for largescale interoperability, to delivering significant progress on achieving it in hospitals, clinics and pharmacies throughout the country. ONC has been a driving force in helping bring together stakeholders of all types – including competitors – to jointly achieve health IT interoperability for the benefit of all patients throughout the U.S.”

In addition to Ms. Yeager, the “Making the Pledge, Connecting Communities” panel on Tuesday will include representatives from CommonWell Health Alliance, Epic, Chesapeake Regional Information System for Our Patients (CRISP) and the Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative (SHIEC). Steve Posnack, director of ONC Office of Standards and Technology, is scheduled to moderate this lively session.

The 2016 ONC Annual Meeting is free to the public and will take place in Washington, D.C. It is expected to attract more than 1,000 in-person attendees as well as hundreds more via the live-stream webcast.

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About The Sequoia Project

The Sequoia Project is a non-profit 501c3 chartered to advance implementation of secure, interoperable nationwide health information exchange. The Sequoia Project supports multiple, independent health IT interoperability initiatives, most notably: the eHealth Exchange, a rapidly growing community of exchange partners who share information under a common trust framework and a common set of rules; and Carequality, a public-private collaborative effort to build consensus among existing data sharing networks regarding technical specifications and best practices, much like the telecommunications industry did for linking cell phone networks. For more information about The Sequoia Project and its initiatives, visit www.sequoiaproject.org. Follow The Sequoia Project on Twitter: @SequoiaProject.

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