The ONC announced that The Sequoia Project had been awarded a contract to develop, update, implement and maintain the Common Agreement portion of TEFCA.

The Sequoia Project Advances Health Data Interoperability Mission as TEFCA Coordinator

Earlier this month, the ONC announced that The Sequoia Project had been awarded a contract to develop, update, implement and maintain the Common Agreement portion of the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA). 

The organization will also partner with the ONC to designate and monitor Qualified Health Information Networks (QHIN). 

According to this recent EHR Intelligence article, the Common Agreement will create the baseline technical and legal requirements for health information networks to share EHR data and is part of ONC’s implementation of the 21st Century Cures Act.

“The Sequoia Project was selected through a competitive process to help with the interoperable flow of health information. We look forward to working in close collaboration with The Sequoia Project and across the broader health system to create a Common Agreement that best serves the needs of all stakeholders,” said Don Rucker, MD, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, in this press release.

Since its launch in 2012, The Sequoia Project has certainly played a significant role in breaking down the barriers of health data interoperability. This March, we recorded a podcast interview with Mariann Yeager, CEO of The Sequoia Project, about her organization’s information blocking group.

Last year, we spoke with Mariann about how The Sequoia Project is advancing interoperability, driving new patient matching strategies, and shaping the future of health data exchange.

With this new role supporting TEFCA-related efforts, it certainly brings up ongoing challenges and opportunities when it comes to advancing the trusted exchange of EHR information among health information networks through this mandate.

For example, Buff Colchagoff, CEO of RosettaHealth, recently authored a Health Data Answers guest article about how there could be a number of winners and losers in the HIE arena when it comes to TEFCA.

In the article, Buff recommended that – in the face of TEFCA – HIEs need to create value by enabling constituent use cases where customers could see clear value in sharing data. This also means expanding connectivity and having an infrastructure that can support highly flexible, orchestrated services.

Congratulations to The Sequoia Project for its expanded role in helping to enhance overall health data interoperability. Stay tuned for more health data exchange coverage on the RosettaHealth blog.

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