Interoperability Matters

Information Blocking Compliance Workgroup Public Feedback on Draft Resources

Assessing Good Practices and the Implications of an Expanded Definition of Electronic Health Information

Deadline to Submit Feedback is August 19

The Sequoia Project is pleased to share for public feedback a suite of draft resources developed by its Information Blocking Compliance Workgroup.

Once finalized, these resources will support the health care field as it navigates compliance with the information blocking rules, including considerations that arise from the move to the full definition of electronic health information (EHI) beginning Oct. 6, 2022. These resources can inform the transition to a culture of health information sharing that supports health and care within the context of existing rules.

These draft resources are the product of intensive, collaborative work by members of the Information Blocking Compliance Working Group and additional subject matter experts who volunteered their expertise and time during the spring of 2022, with the support of The Sequoia Project staff and consultants.

We encourage stakeholders, and especially Actors regulated by the Information Blocking Rules (developers of health IT, providers, health information networks), to review the draft resources and provide their feedback through our online form below. While we prefer feedback through the online form, you can also submit your comments to InteropMatters@sequoaiproject.org. Comments are due by the end of day on August 19.

The Sequoia Project’s Interoperability Matters Initiative hosts a range of activities to promote information sharing in the public good.

This includes the Information Blocking Working Group, which was chartered in 2019. The group initially served as a multi-stakeholder forum to discuss and provide feedback to the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health Information Technology on the information blocking provisions in the 21st Century Cures Act proposed rule, and then identify practical, implementation-focused implications of the final rule.

Since that time, the group has continued to meet and provide resources to the field by holding discussions to clarify information blocking policies and considerations and submitting FAQ requests to ONC, both as a full work group and in Actor-based subgroups. The Sequoia Project also provides educational resources, such as its Information Blocking Boot Camp.

Disclaimer: The materials developed by the IBWG do not constitute legal advice and are not a comprehensive regulatory review. Regulated Actors are encouraged to seek appropriate counsel and review of their compliance plans.

Contributors

Associations and Orgs – Health IT Community

Lauren Riplinger, AHIMA

Matt Reid, AMA

Jeff Coughlin, HIMSS

Consultants

Kory Mertz, Audacious Inquiry

Consumers / Data Requesters

Deven McGraw, Ciitizen Platform at Invitae

Jennifer Blumenthal, OneRecord

Developers

Matt Becker, Kno2

Leigh Burchell, Altera Digital Health

Alex Desilets, eClinicalWorks

Peggy Frizzell, Flatiron Health

Stephanie Jamison, Greenway Health

Josh Mast, ORACLE Cerner (Co-chair)

Ladd Wiley, Epic

Health Information Networks and Service Providers

Rene Cabral-Daniel, Cenevia/CCNV

Kevin Conway, CyncHealth

Daniel Kim, SureScripts

Dan Paoletti, Ohio Health Information Partnership

Pat Russell, eHealth Exchange

Melissa Soliz, Velatura HIE Corporation

Alan Swenson, Carequality

Sylvia Trujillo, OCHIN

Morgan Landerman, OCHIN

Lacey Millsap, OCHIN

Payers

Nancy Beavin, Humana

Danielle Lloyd, AHIP

Matthew Schuller, BCBSA

Kellie Greer, Evernorth

 

Health Providers/Physicians

Steven Lane, Sutter Health

Roberta Baranda, Valley Children’s Healthcare

Matthew Eisenberg, Stanford Health (Co-chair)

Ammon Fillmore, AdventHealth (Co-chair)

Jim Jirjis, HCA

Eric Liederman, Kaiser Permanente

Bridget Leon, Mayo Clinic

Virginia Lorenzi, New York Presbyterian

Lori Richter, CommonSpirit Health

Matthew Shafiroff, White Plains Hospital

Suzanne Srebnik, Montefiore IT

Sid Thornton, Intermountain Healthcare

Casey Bryson, University of Kansas Health System

Sequoia Staff and SMEs

Zoe Barber, The Sequoia Project

Mark Segal, Digital Health Policy Advisors

Chantal Worzala, Alazro Consulting

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