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The Sequoia Project Announces New Interoperability Cooperative

The Interoperability Matters cooperative will work to overcome challenges to health information exchange.

The Sequoia Project announces a new interoperability cooperative

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By Jessica Kent

- The Sequoia Project has launched a new public-private cooperative called Interoperability Matters, which will invite experts from the health IT community to identify and improve barriers to nationwide health information exchange.

Healthcare subject matter experts and stakeholders from across the private sector and government will form the Interoperability Matters workgroups. The Interoperability Matters Advisory Group will meet regularly to review the workgroups’ progress and suggestions and provide feedback.

After receiving feedback from the Advisory Group, the workgroups will share their recommendations for public input. The final product will then be a consensus-built plan of action for the healthcare industry to implement in order to minimize or eliminate interoperability barriers.  

The Interoperability Matters forum will first focus on information blocking in anticipation of the proposed rule from ONC. Stakeholders will identify further priorities and additional workgroups at the upcoming Sequoia Project Annual Meeting.

“Distinguishing legitimate policy differences from information blocking requires deep understanding of complex policy, technical and business issues,” said Mariann Yeager, CEO of The Sequoia Project.

“Our Interoperability Matters cooperative will focus on the practical implications of information sharing practices, and it will inform information blocking public policy.”

The Sequoia Project expects that this new cooperative will help overcome critical challenges to industry-wide interoperability.

“The pipes to enable health information exchange have been laid by organizations like Carequality, CommonWell, DirectTrust, eHealth Exchange and health information exchange organizations (HIEs),” said Yeager. “However, there are remaining real and perceived barriers to making exchange more effective and seamless – but not for long.”

The Sequoia Project is encouraging experts from across the healthcare and healthcare IT community to participate in the Interoperability Matters Forum to ensure a diverse representation of stakeholders. Organizations and individuals interested in applying can click here


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