Tuesday 9 August 2022
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Update on Health IT Interoperability

Health IT Interoperability

TODAYS GUEST Mariann Yeager, CEO of The Sequoia Project

We last talked with Mariann when both our organizations we under different names, but the mission of her current organization is the same, to promote and propogate Health IT Interoperability.  The Sequoia Project brings together diverse participants to create practical solutions to health data exchange challenges.

Specifically, we discuss the following with Mariann:

  1. (2:48) Please start by updating us on the progress of national health IT interoperability over the last year.
  2. (3:48) Will you also tell us about the Growth of the eHealth Exchange?
  3. (4:46) How the does the exchange network continue to evolve and grow to support nationwide interoperability?
  4. (5:38) Please remind us what the Carequality initiative is and tell us about its progress as well.
  5. (6:46) I understand that you have some excited news related to a study that you have just completed on Patient Matching. Please tell us what you discovered
  6. (9:22) Will you describe the Federal Government’s Role in Interoperability?
  7. (10:42) What can be done to help those struggling to get their HIEs up and running?
  8. (13:04) What’s next for The Sequoia Project? What new can we expect to see as we head into 2016?

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About Mariann

Ms. Yeager serves as CEO for The Sequoia Project, formerly Healtheway, a non-profit 501c3 chartered to advance implementation of secure, interoperable nationwide health information exchange. The Sequoia Project supports health IT interoperability initiatives, the eHealth Exchange and Carequality, and is expanding its efforts to support other critical initiatives and to promote the operational use of interoperability.

Under her leadership, the eHealth Exchange more than quadrupled connectivity in just 2 years, making it the largest network of its kind in the US, connecting more than 30% of all US hospitals and 100 million patients. Ms. Yeager also led the successful launch of Carequality which is now interconnecting data sharing networks using a national-level, consensus-driven approach, much like the telecommunications industry did for linking cell phone networks.

Ms. Yeager has more than 20 years of experience in the health information technology field. Prior to her tenure at The Sequoia Project, she worked with ONC for five years on ONC nationwide health information network initiatives. She also led the launch and operation of the first ambulatory and inpatient electronic health records (EHR) certification program in the US. Her prior experience also includes running the payer operations division for a large national healthcare clearinghouse, now Emdeon, as well as working at a leading national payer, CIGNA Healthcare.


About The Sequoia Project 

In 2012, The Sequoia Project, previously Healtheway, was chartered as a non-profit 501(c)(3) to advance the implementation of secure, interoperable nationwide health information exchange.  The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, part of the US Department of Health and Human Services, transitioned management of its eHealth Exchange to The Sequoia Project for maintenance.  Since 2012, the Exchange has grown to become the largest health information exchange network in the country.  In 2014, we began to support additional interoperability initiatives beginning with Carequality.

We have assembled, through these initiatives, and our engagement with government and industry, experts who can identify the barriers to interoperability and pioneer processes to make health information exchange work on a national level. We are a neutral body, inclusive of diverse participants, which allows us to create practical solutions to data exchange problems. As a nonprofit operating in the public interest, our governance process insures transparent oversight of this work.

Our vision is to make the right health information accessible at the right place and time to improve the health and welfare of all Americans. (from



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