The Sequoia Project

Member Reception

The Sequoia Project is hosting a celebratory Spring-Has-Sprung cocktail reception at HIMSS23 in Chicago, featuring Kyiv Mules and good food. This members-only reception will be held at the Marriott Marquis connected to the convention center on Tuesday, April 18th. 

This is a free event thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, but advance registration is required. Space is limited. 


Tuesday, April 18th 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Marriott Marquis Chicago Great Lakes Ballroom

2121 South Prairie Avenue Chicago, Illinois 60616

Join Us

Join us in Celebrating 2023 as

The Year of Interoperability

We’re only a few months into the year, and yet it is already clear 2023 is the year of interoperability. In February, we celebrated the application approval for the first prospective Qualified Health Information Networks (QHINs). These initial organizations are the seeds of the new Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA) network, and we look forward to watching it grow.

We’ve matured our Interoperability Matters cooperative, planted Consumer Voices and Consumer Engagement Strategy workgroups, and are tilling ground for new convening opportunities. Spring into step with our members that are setting the pace for industry and government alike.

Speaking Engagements

Didi Davis

VP, Informatics , Conformance and Interoperability

Monday - April 17 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
South Building | Level 4 | S404

Driving Interoperability in 2023: CURES, TEFCA, and Information Blocking

The Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA) is live and exchange partners are signing up. Hot on its heels comes rules from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT to prevent Information Blocking as required by the 21st Century Cures Act.

Mariann Yeager

CEO, The Sequoia Project

Tuesday - April 18 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
South Building | Level 5 | S504

ONC Update from RCE

The speakers will review the current scope and requirements of the TEFCA and the progress made by the RCE in collaboration with ONC, to include the Common Agreement and the Qualified Health Information Network (QHIN) Technical Framework. Opportunities for stakeholder and community input will be presented.

Didi Davis

VP, Informatics , Conformance and Interoperability

Tuesday - April 18 4:15 - 5:15 p.m.
South Building | Level 5 | S504

The Sequoia Project: Interoperability Matters Process for Improving Data Usability

The Sequoia Project’s Data Usability Workgroup convened 300+ workgroup members to develop and release the first version of implementation guidance that targets improvements necessary to enable semantic interoperability of health information and will build on existing work already published by other industry organizations.

Mariann Yeager

CEO, The Sequoia Project

Wednesday - April 19 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
South Building | Level 1 | S100 C

TEFCA’s QHIN Applicants – Progress Toward Nationwide Interoperability Go-Live

This panel discussion with ONC, the RCE, and representatives from the first approved applicant QHINs will discuss the status of the onboarding process and vision for the future of TEFCA

Zoe Barber

Policy Director

Thursday - April 20 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
South Building | Level 5 | S504

Securing TEFCA: Security Practices Promoting Nationwide Health Information Exchange

This session describes security considerations for the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA).

Discounted Rates Available for

Sequoia Project Members

The Sequoia Project is excited to be a Collaborator at HIMSS23! Our members receive the HIMSS member rate to attend the conference. Here’s how to register:


Visit the HIMSS23 Website

Visit HIMSS23 general registration and sign in:


Start Your Registration

Once you’re signed in, start your registration. Be sure to select the Collaborator tab on the left-hand side when prompted.


Enter Discount Code

Select your preferred HIMSS23 pass and enter “The Sequoia Project” as the “Referring Collaborator Organization” to receive the HIMSS member rate on registration.

We hope you’ll take advantage of this discount and join your colleagues for exclusive education, exhibition and networking opportunities at HIMSS23. We look forward to seeing you in Chicago!

Bren Shipley
Meet Our Newest Team Member

Bren ShipleyLead of strategy, community engagement and programs

Bren Shipley leads strategy and business development for The Sequoia Project. Prior to joining The Sequoia Project, Bren was the Chief Operating Officer for a digital health startup and previously served as Connecticut’s interim health information technology officer, coordinating a diverse portfolio of Health IT projects. Make plans to speak with Bren at HIMSS, as well as other pivotal team members.

Sponsorship Opportunities Available

The Sequoia Project is still accepting sponsorships for the upcoming Member Reception at HIMSS23. It is an excellent way to network and market your organization to potential partners and customers.