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eHealth Exchange Set to Join Carequality Interoperability Framework

The Sequoia Project is updating its corporate structure, with the eHealth Exchange soon becoming a member of the Carequality interoperability framework.

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By Elizabeth Snell

- The eHealth Exchange and Carequality will soon be two distinct subsidiaries under the Sequoia Project, with the former joining the Carequality interoperability framework later this year.

The Sequoia Project is updating its corporate structure, and will ensure that the eHealth Exchange and Carequality have “the governance and management resources that they require to continue flourishing,” according to a company announcement

Health information network eHealth Exchange will also be a Carequality implementer. Currently, eHealth Exchange is working in 75 percent of all US hospitals and is leveraged by more than 15 EHR technologies. Additionally, the network is utilized in 59 regional or state health information exchanges (HIEs). eHealth Exchange also supports the secure exchange of more than 120 million patient records.

CMS, Department of Defense, Department of Veterans Affairs, and Social Security Administration also participate in eHealth Exchange for sharing patient information with other agencies and private sector partners.

“For the last nine years, the eHealth Exchange has been the principal way the public and private sector share health information,” said eHealth Exchange Vice President Jay Nakashima. “I’m honored to take the helm at this critical stage of the network’s evolution as we develop new services and features, beginning with operating as a separate legal entity and becoming a Carequality implementer.”

Carequality Vice President Dave Cassel stated that recognizing eHealth Exchange and Carequality as separate legal entities further guarantees fair treatment for eHealth Exchange and other implementers that are subject to Carequality oversight.

The Sequoia Project plans to continue pushing toward transparent and inclusive solutions for improving health data exchange.

“The coming updates were driven by the significant growth and progress of the eHealth Exchange and Carequality,” The Sequoia Project CEO Mariann Yeager explained. “We can expect to keep the operational efficiencies, while expanding Sequoia’s focus on incubating new interoperability opportunities and overcoming impediments to health information exchange.”

Earlier this month, the Sequoia Project announced that it developed a nationwide plan to expand disaster response.

A Patient Unified Lookup System for Emergencies (PULSE) health IT platform expansion will further help physicians, nurse practitioners, and other clinicians get access to patient EHRs when volunteering to deliver care in shelters during natural disasters.

“Disasters and other events are unpredictable and disruptive and place unique demands on public health, private sector healthcare, first responders and other key resources,” Sequoia Project’s Yeager said in an earlier statement. “People need seamless healthcare, whether for emergency care or just uninterrupted prescription access, when they are displaced by a disaster.”

Experts from federal and state governments, emergency response organizations, health information networks (HINs), healthcare provider organizations, and clinician groups will all be on the PULSE advisory council.

The California Association of Health Information Exchanges (CAHIE) Executive Director Rim Cothren, California Emergency Medical Services Authority (CalEMSA) Chief Deputy Director Dan Smiley, CMS Interoperability Lead Tom Novak, and ONC Public Health Analyst Rachel Abbey are also included on the council.

“PULSE is a public-private collaborative effort focused on ensuring our cities, counties and states are ready for when the next disaster strikes,” said Yeager. “Disasters and other serious events are inevitable, but how we handle them improves daily, and this effort will help communities take an important step forward toward more effective disaster response.”

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