Interoperability Matters

Public Health Workgroup

A Community of Practice leveraging the strength of the membership of the workgroup and focuses on concepts where group could have a meaningful impact.

Workgroup Purpose

This workgroup provides a forum to learn about health information technology innovations impacting public health. The workgroup will focus on concepts that create potential challenges for states in terms of interoperability and Health IT modernization in the public health area.

Focus Areas

Planned Deliverables



Executive Director
Texas e-Health Alliance


Deputy Chief Informatics Officer
Washington State Department of Health

Workgroup Now In Progress

Initial membership includes states, federal partners, HIEs and others:

Florida HIE Services
Texas eHealth Alliance
Department of Transportation

To expand the scope of the work, it is necessary to expand the scope of the membership to others, in particular, to other states who are frequently engaged in disaster response.


In 2018, The Sequoia Project was a steward for the Patient Unified Lookup System for Emergencies (PULSE), a program that was conceived by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), and launched the PULSE Advisory Council. In 2021, The PULSE Advisory Council transformed into the Emergency Preparedness Information Workgroup.

Learn more about the history of PULSE and the work of the PULSE Advisory Council that led to the formation of the EPIW here.

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