The Sequoia Project seeks hospital leaders for interoperability forum

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The Sequoia Project, a nonprofit focused on healthcare interoperability, is seeking healthcare and health IT leaders to join its new public-private cooperative forum, called Interoperability Matters.

The Sequoia Project, which runs the popular health information network eHealth Exchange and the interoperability framework Carequality, said the forum will work to identify and address the "most pressing, discrete challenges" to nationwide health information sharing.

Interoperability Matters will first target information blocking, commonly defined as actions by vendors and providers that inhibit the exchange of health information. The forum will share recommendations ahead of the ONC's anticipated information-blocking rule, which has been delayed several times.

The forum's final product will comprise a plan of action for stakeholders in the healthcare industry to follow to eliminate practices associated with information blocking.

"Our Interoperability Matters cooperative will focus on the practical implications of information sharing practices, and it will inform information blocking public policy," Mariann Yeager, CEO of The Sequoia Project, said in a news release.

To apply to participate in Interoperability Matters, click here. The Sequoia Project said it will consider healthcare and health IT subject matter experts from the private and public sectors, regardless of affiliation with the nonprofit.

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