Information Blocking Workgroup 

An Interoperability Matters Workgroup

The Sequoia Project has assembled experts across a wide range of different stakeholders to facilitate a constructive information blocking dialogue, such as hospitals, provider organizations, safety net providers, clinicians, informaticists, HIM professionals, consumers, health information networks (regional/nationwide), governmental agencies, and vendors, as well as legal, privacy and policy experts.

The Information Blocking Workgroup is focused on a set of key issues or questions related to the policies and exceptions outlined in the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT’s (ONC) recently announced proposed rule. The focus is on the practical implications of the proposed rule, as well as unintended consequences. Given the varied perspectives involved, we recognize that consensus may not always be possible. As a result, we are also looking to capture varied perspectives to inform the group’s process and hopefully improve understanding across the stakeholders.

Download Workgroup Charter 

Final Report on ONC March 2019 Proposed Rule

In April 2019, the Interoperability Matters Information Blocking Workgroup hosted an open, public update with interested industry and government stakeholders and solicit feedback to inform their work. The final report submitted to ONC is now available.

Interoperability Matters Information Blocking Workgroup Roster

Association & Organizations in Health IT

  • Lauren Riplinger, AHIMA
  • Matt Reid, AMA
  • Mari Greenberger, HIMSS
  • Scott Stuewe, DirectTrust


  • Ryan Howells, CARIN Alliance
  • Deven McGraw, Ciitizen

Federal Government

  • Steve Bounds, SSA
  • Margaret Donahue, VA


Health Information Networks and Service Providers

  • Angie Bass, Missouri Health Connection
  • Dave Cassel, Carequality
  • Laura Danielson, Indiana Health Information Exchange
  • Paul Uhrig, Surescripts, Co-Chair

Healthcare Provider

  • David Camitta, Dignity, Co-Chair
  • Eric Liederman, Kaiser Permanente


Legal, Technology, Standards, and Policy Subject Matter Experts

  • Jodi Daniel, Crowell & Moring, LLP
  • Josh Mandel, Microsoft
  • Micky Tripathi, MaEHC


  • Danielle Lloyd, AHIP
  • Matthew Schuller, BCBSA
  • Nancy Beavin, Humana

Public Health

  • John Loonsk, APHL



  • Brian Ahier, Medicity / Health Catalyst
  • Aashima Gupta, Google
  • Cherie Holmes-Henry, EHRA / NEXTGEN
  • Rob Klootwyk, Epic
  • Josh Mast, Cerner


  • Doug Fridsma, AMIA

Safety net providers / service provider

  • Jennifer Stoll, OCHIN

Release of Information Company

  • Rita Bowen, MROCorp

Workgroup Events

March 14, 2019
Information Blocking Workgroup Meeting

March 19, 2019
Information Blocking & You – Public Advisory Forum #1
Slides | Recording

March 25, 2019 – 12:30 p.m. ET
Information Blocking Workgroup Meeting

March 29, 2019 – 12:00 p.m. ET
Interoperability Matters Leadership Council Briefing

April 3, 2019 – 1:00 p.m.
Information Blocking Workgroup Meeting

April 5, 2019
Public Advisory Forum #2
Slides | Recording

April 15, 2019
Joint Information Blocking Workgroup Meeting &
Public Advisory Forum Call to Review Draft Report
Slides | Recording

April 22, 2019 – 12:00 p.m. ET
Interoperability Matters Leadership Council

April 26, 2019 – 4:00 p.m.
The Sequoia Project Board of Directors Meeting

May 23, 2019 – 1:00 p.m. ET — Rescheduled for July 2019, Date TBD
Public Advisory Forum #4

May 31, 2019 – 1:00 p.m. ET — New Date!
Interoperability Matters Leadership Council

June 3, 2019 — New Deadline
Deadline for comment submission to ONC

June 20, 2019 – 12:00 p.m. ET
Information Blocking Workgroup Meeting 

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