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Sequoia Project releases final QHIN application since it moves into operational phase

In the newest of what is a group of policy releases these past couple of months, the Sequoia Project on Thursday published some important final documents on the path to TEFCA: Common Agreement standard operating procedures and the application form form for Qualified Health Information Network participation.

With the brand new releases, ONC’s recognized coordinating entity for the Trusted Exchange and Common Agreement is “getting into the operational phase of TEFCA,” said Mariann Yeager, CEO of the Sequoia Project, in a statement.

“Because the release of the normal Agreement in January 2022, weve been working toward hitting our promised timelines while seeking input from the city. The feedback we received has been invaluable once we worked toward finalizing the SOPs and application.”

Drafts of the documents were released earlier come early july for stakeholder feedback, and both Sequoia and ONC have modified and updated the documents in response. They’re on the RCE website:

  • Qualified Health Information Network Application.

  • Qualified Health Information Network Onboarding & Designation SOP.

  • METHODS TO Demonstrate U.S. Ownership and Control of a QHIN SOP.

  • METHODS TO Demonstrate U.S. Ownership and Control of a QHIN SOP Questionnaire.

The Sequoia Project is looking to open the QHIN application portal on Monday, October 3, 2022.

Potential QHINs may notify the band of their intent to use, as instructed in the QHIN Onboarding & Designation SOP. Sequoia Project will evaluate applications between now and October to make sure that prospective QHINs meet up with the designation criteria. It’ll announce the original group of QHINs together, with an increase of later designated on a rolling basis.

“The release of the ultimate QHIN Application and related documents is really a major milestone for TEFCA. We’ve received tremendous stakeholder input for the key task to getting the policy and related requirements correct,” said National Coordinator for Health IT Micky Tripathi in a statement.

“We have been very worked up about the marketplace interest expressed in TEFCA, and today invite eligible organizations to use to become QHINs and help achieve the purpose of universal network interoperability in the united states,” he said.

Seeking feedback on data usability

This week the Sequoia Project, also announced the release of its Data Usability Workgroup Implementation Guide, Version 0.1 and is seeking public feedback.

This guide covers the identified priority use cases which can be readily adopted within health information exchange vendors, implementers, networks, governance frameworks and testing programs. Feedback could be submitted via the Sequoia Project website through October 14.

The DUWG area of the Sequoia Projects Interoperability Matters initiative was initially launched in October 2020 to build up “specific and pragmatic implementation help with clinical content for healthcare stakeholders to facilitate health information exchange,” based on the group.

Stakeholders take part in the DUWG to greatly help ensure comprehensive and inclusive guidance to boost the utility and usability of healthcare data among communities and networks.

“THE INFO Usability Workgroup includes members from the broader healthcare and health IT community,” said Mariann Yeager, ceo of The Sequoia Project. “This implementation guide is really a collaborative effort of the workgroup, and we have been thrilled to talk about it with the city for feedback.”


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