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The Sequoia Project Releases Draft Information Blocking Resources

The Sequoia Project requests public feedback until August 19 on a set of resources that aim to help stakeholders comply with 21st Century Cures Rule information blocking requirements.

The Sequoia Project has released a set of draft resources for public feedback that aim to help entities better comply with the 21st Century Cures Rule information blocking requirements.  

The resources include:

  • “Good practices” for information sharing and information blocking compliance
  • Operational implications of the move to an expanded definition of electronic health information (EHI)
  • Further exploration of the expanded definition of EHI and additional considerations
  • An infographic that shows the range of systems and connections implicated by the expanded definition of EHI
  • A set of ongoing and new policy considerations

The Sequoia Project’s Information Blocking Compliance Workgroup (IBWG) developed the documents.  

Members of the public can submit feedback via an online form or email [email protected] through August 19.

“This body of work was the result of intensive collaboration among IBWG members and we are excited to move forward with the release of these resources for public review prior to their publication in September,” Mariann Yeager, chief executive officer of The Sequoia Project, said in a public statement.

“Workgroup members and additional subject matter experts volunteered their considerable expertise and time to develop these deliverables and we look forward to the community’s feedback,” she added.

The IBWG developed the resources to support stakeholders as they navigate compliance with the information blocking rules issued by ONC, including considerations that arise from the move to the full definition of EHI beginning October 6, 2022.

“The IBWG represents diverse experts in the field, allowing us to take a wide array of stakeholder groups into consideration when developing these resources,” noted Matthew Eisenberg, MD, FAAP, associate chief medical information officer at Stanford Health Care and IBWG co-chair.

“We look forward to the additional feedback from the public to further improve these resources so that the broad health IT community can better define and adopt full EHI sharing,” Eisenberg continued.

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