Annual Meeting 2019

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Slides and recordings from the Annual Meeting sessions will be available by the end of this week.

Thanks for attending our 2019 Annual Meeting!  

The Sequoia Project’s Annual Member Meeting featured discussions of ONC’s Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement, health IT disaster response planning, innovations in patient identity management, clinical content quality and accuracy, and more. The meeting provided an opportunity to connect with senior leadership, members, and government officials while addressing key health information sharing issues.

Eric Hargan
Deputy Secretary of the Department of HHS

Dr. Don Rucker
National Coordinator for Health Information Technology at HHS

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

5:15 PM - 7:15 PMEvening Reception: Network with current and potential health information exchange partners.
This is a joint event with Carequality and eHealth Exchange.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

8:00 AMContinental Breakfast
9:00 AMChairman's Welcome
Michael Matthews, The Sequoia Project Board of Directors
9:15 AMInteroperability Matters: The Community Roadmap
One year from creation of the Interoperability Matters public-private cooperative, a thriving community is tackling key barriers to interoperable exchange of health information. With an initial focus on analyzing the implications of the Information Blocking proposed rule, we are contemplating the next key issue to tackle. This session will share how the Interoperability Matters process works, the role of the Leadership Council, Public Advisory Forum and Work Groups, and will enlist input from the group regarding a new proposed project.
Mariann Yeager, The Sequoia Project
9:25 AMDecoding the Information Blocking Proposed Rule and Preparing for Compliance
This panel will share progress to date with the Information Blocking Work Group during its second phase of work. Leaders and staff from the Work Group, comprised of experts representing varied stakeholder perspectives, will share priority implementation-focused considerations applying the proposed rule, as well as a proposed compliance plan framework for the industry. Once the final rule is published, the Work Group will analyze the final rule, provide shared learnings, with an emphasis on urgent priorities for compliance readiness.
David Camitta, CommonSpirit Health
Paul Uhrig, Surescripts
Mark Segal, Digital Health Policy Advisors
Steve Gravely, The Gravely Group
10:25 AMNetworking Break
10:45 AMPULSE Panel: Supporting a Nationwide Disaster Response System
This panel will discuss the latest developments for the Patient Unified Lookup System for Emergencies in supporting disaster response efforts. Learn from actual experiences in the field where PULSE has been used, as well as plans for future expansion.
Rachel Abbey, ONC
Scott Afzal, Audacious Inquiry
Debbie Condrey, The Sequoia Project
11:25 AMONC Keynote: Dr. Donald Rucker, National Coordinator for Health IT
The National Coordinator will share ONC's strategic priorities and will highlight ONC's efforts to advance interoperability.
12:00 PMLunch
1:00 PMDeputy Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Eric Hargan:
The Vision for Health IT and Interoperability in the US
1:30 PMUnderstanding TEFCA and the Role of the Recognized Coordinating Entity (RCE)
An ONC official will provide an overview of the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement, as well as expectations for the Recognized Coordinating Entity, sharing insights about how ONC and the RCE are working together.
1:50 PM - 3:00 PMRCE Stakeholder Feedback Session: Common Agreement (Minimum Required Terms and Conditions - MRTCs)

The RCE will provide background regarding key aspects of the draft MRTCs published in April 2019, which represent foundational terms for the Common Agreement. The RCE will summarize public comments and present key issues for stakeholder consideration. The objective is to enlist feedback from stakeholders through interactive dialogue and capture this input to inform further development of the Common Agreement.
3:00 PM - 3:20 PMNetworking Break
3:20 PM - 3:40 PMRCE Stakeholder Feedback Session: Common Agreement (Additional Required Terms and Conditions - ARTCs)

The RCE will provide background regarding the proposed scope and function of the ARTCs, which are intended to supplement the MRTCs to comprise the Common Agreement. This session shares progress to date, outlines a proposed framework for the Additional Required Terms and Conditions (ARTCs) and highlights the ARTCs being drafted by the RCE. The session will include facilitated dialogue to enlist participant input on key aspects of the ARTCs and help shape development.
3:40 PM - 5:00 PMRCE Stakeholder Feedback Session: QHIN Technical Framework

The success of the new TEFCA will depend on the exchange of patient data between and among Qualified Health Information Networks (QHIN). In development now, the QHIN Technical Framework (QTF) describes the technical and functional requirements for data exchange between QHINs. This session will provide background regarding the QTF, give an overview of current progress and seek active input regarding key functions, such as QHIN Query and QHIN Message Delivery, from the community to help shape the final draft.
5:00 PMClosing Remarks


Dr. Don Rucker, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Dr. Don Rucker leads is the formulation of the federal health IT strategy and coordinates federal health IT policies, standards, programs, and investments. He has three decades of clinical and informatics experience.  He started his informatics career at Datamedic Corporation, where he co-developed the world’s first Microsoft Windows-based electronic medical record. He then spent over a decade serving as Chief Medical Officer at Siemens Healthcare USA.

Dr. Rucker has also practiced emergency medicine for a variety of organizations including at Kaiser in California; at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; at the University of Pennsylvania’s Penn Presbyterian and Pennsylvania Hospitals; and, most recently, at Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center.

Dr. Rucker is a graduate of Harvard College and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, with board certifications in Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine and Clinical Informatics. He holds an MS in Medical Computer Science and an MBA, both from Stanford.

Eric D. Hargan, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Eric D. Hargan is the Deputy Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). HHS is dedicated to promoting and enhancing the health and well-being of the American people, and as the largest department in the federal government has an annual budget in excess of $1.3 trillion and over 80,000 employees across 26 divisions. As Deputy Secretary, he is the Chief Operating Officer and is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations and management of the department in addition to leading policy and strategy development.

Mr. Hargan was sworn into office as Deputy Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services on October 6, 2017. He immediately served as Acting Secretary of HHS from October 2017 to January 2018.

From 2003 to 2007, Mr. Hargan served at HHS in a variety of capacities, including holding the position of Acting Deputy Secretary. During his tenure at HHS, Mr. Hargan also served as the Department’s Regulatory Policy Officer, where he oversaw the development and approval of all HHS, CMS, and FDA regulations and significant guidances.

Nora Belcher

Nora Belcher is the Executive Director of the Texas e-Health Alliance, a non-profit advocacy group that she started in 2009 to give health information technology stakeholders a voice in public policy. The Texas e-Health Alliance serves as the state’s leading advocate, from local communities to the national level, for the use of information technology to improve the health care system for patients. Prior to starting the Alliance, Ms. Belcher worked in the private sector as a consultant advising health information technology companies on how to do business with government. She also served in Governor Perry’s office for five years as deputy director in the Governor’s Office of Budget, Planning and Policy, where she was responsible for managing the policy and budget issues for the Texas health and human services system. Ms. Belcher holds a bachelor’s degree in government from the University of Texas at Austin and owns a hardcover first edition of Game of Thrones.

Kristen Finne

Kristen Finne, is a Senior Program Analyst in the Office of Emergency Management and Medical Operations in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) and has 20 years of expertise in public health and health care policy, programs, service delivery, research and emergency management. Ms. Finne, in her current role, assesses disaster-induced stress on the health care system and develops interventions to minimize adverse health outcomes for at-risk populations with access and functional needs. She serves as the Program Manager and spearheaded the development of the HHS emPOWER Program, an ASPR and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid joint collaboration, that provides Medicare data, maps, and tools to support federal-to-community emergency preparedness, response, and recovery activities for beneficiaries that live independently and rely upon electricity-dependent medical equipment and healthcare services. Ms. Finne was also appointed and represents HHS’ ASPR on the PULSE Advisory Council.