Sequoia Project to host interoperability forum

The Sequoia Project is planning to host an interoperability forum dedicated to addressing the most pressing challenges regarding information sharing in healthcare.

The non-profit organization—which focuses on interoperability challenges in healthcare—announced the Interoperability Matters Forum on Wednesday, Oct. 17, and is currently accepting applications for participants. The forum will focus on information blocking and feature healthcare and health IT experts, who will be asked to “identify, prioritize and collaborate on the most pressing, discrete challenges to nationwide information sharing.”

“The pipes to enable health information exchange have been laid by organizations like Carequality, CommonWell, DirectTrust, eHealth Exchange and health information exchange organizations (HIEs),” Mariann Yeager, chief executive officer of the Sequoia Project, said in a statement. “However, there are remaining real and perceived barriers to making exchange more effective and seamless—but not for long.”

According to the organization, the Interoperability Matters Advisory group will be asked prioritize issues that could improve health information exchanges. Workgroups—made up of healthcare experts and stakeholders in the private and public sectors—will be formed under the advisory group.

The advisory group will review the workgroups’ progress, recommendations and provide feedback. The workgroups will later present their recommendations to the public and ask for input.

“The final work product will be a consensus-built resource and plan of action for the healthcare sector to leverage and implement to minimize or eliminate that barrier,” a press release stated.