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.

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Information Blocking Public Advisory Forum

Representatives of The Sequoia Project’s Interoperability Matters Information Blocking Workgroup will share open, public updates with interested industry and government stakeholders and solicit feedback to inform their work.

Register once for invitations to attend the next meetings on April 5th and April 15, 2019.

Interoperability Matters Information Blocking Workgroup Roster

Association & Organizations in Health IT

  • Lauren Riplinger, AHIMA
  • Matt Reid, AMA
  • Tom Leary / Mari Greenberger, HIMSS*


  • Ryan Howells, CARIN Alliance
  • Deven McGraw, Ciitizen

Federal Government

  • Steve Bounds, SSA*
  • Margaret Donahue, VA


Health Information Networks and Service Providers

  • Dave Cassel, Carequality
  • Jitin Asnaani, CommonWell Health Alliance*
  • Laura Danielson, IHIE
  • Brian Ahier, Medicity / Health Catalyst
  • Angie Bass, Missouri Health Connection
  • Paul Uhrig, Surescripts, Co-Chair

Healthcare Provider

  • David Camitta, Dignity, Co-Chair
  • Wendy Angelo, Indiana Regional Med. Center*
  • Eric Liederman, Kaiser Permanente


Legal, Technology, Standards, and Policy Subject Matter Experts

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


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

Public Health

  • John Loonsk, John Hopkins University



  • Josh Mast, Cerner
  • Cherie Holmes-Henry, EHRA / NEXTGEN
  • Rob Klootwyk, Epic
  • Aashima Gupta, Google


  • Doug Fridsma, AMIA

Safety net providers / service provider

  • Jennifer Stoll, OCHIN

Release of Information Company

  • Rita Bowen, MROCorp


Information Blocking 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 3, 2019 
Deadline for comment submission to ONC

NEW DATE! May 23, 2019 – 1:00 p.m. ET
Public Advisory Forum #4

NEW DATE! May 31, 2019 – 1:00 p.m. ET
Interoperability Matters Leadership Council

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