Sequoia CEO Mariann Yeager Shares Key Lessons and European Parallels in Developing eHealth Exchange Network
The key to building the eHealth Exchange, the largest data sharing network of its kind in the United States, is industry and government collaboration and continual testing, according to Mariann Yeager, CEO of The Sequoia Project, who keynoted IHE World Summit 2016 in Amsterdam, Netherlands on June 7-8. Ms. Yeager shared lessons learned and drew parallels of the federated structure for the eHealth Exchange for an audience of public and private sector healthcare leaders from across Europe.
“Collaboration of industry and government is critical to successful, cross-boundary health data sharing,” said Ms. Yeager. “Today’s healthcare IT Interoperability in the U.S. is a result of customer demand and the Federal government’s push for a uniform approach.”
The IHE World Summit was held in parallel to eHealth Week in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The summit brings together healthcare IT system users and developers to address interoperability issues that impact clinical care worldwide. Yeager’s keynote presentation provided insights into the challenges and benefits of a government sponsored pilot driven by industry supported policies and IHE-based technical standards for health data sharing.
Mariann Yeager about her experience at the IHE World Summit:
„Attending the IHE World Summit and meeting so many people involved with Health Information Technology (HIT) from across Europe was an incredibly valuable experience for me and my colleague Didi Davis, director of testing programs for The Sequoia Project. As I shared in my keynote presentation, there are significant parallels in Europe to the development and growth of the eHealth Exchange, America’s largest health data sharing network and an initiative of The Sequoia Project.
We all require the collaboration of industry and government to build seamless and secure health information exchange based on international standards, including those developed by IHE International. Detailed common trust agreements and rigorous testing programs are critical to ensure health IT interoperability not just in theory, but in the real-world. I look forward to working closer with the European community as we share lessons learned and implement these insights from each other to improve patients’ experiences and outcomes – no matter where they receive care.“
The eHealth Exchange network was initially incubated by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and transitioned to function as a public private collaborative initiative, supported by The Sequoia Project, in 2012. Under The Sequioa Project’s stewardship, the network more than quadrupled in connectivity since 2012. Current eHealth Exchange participants include large health systems, hospitals, pharmacies, regional health data sharing networks and four US federal agencies, representing nearly 1/2 of all U.S. hospitals, tens of thousands of medical groups, more than 8,000 pharmacies and 100 million patients.
“We are now seeing the fruits of that labor, with onboarding reduced from months to just a few weeks.”
“In order to scale to nationwide connectivity across the US, and enable interoperable data sharing across diverse geographies and technology platforms, the eHealth Exchange established a rigorous program”, said Yeager. “We are now seeing the fruits of that labor, with onboarding reduced from months to just a few weeks.”
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Ms. Yeager serves as CEO for The Sequoia Project, a non-profit 501c3 chartered to advance implementation of secure, interoperable nationwide health information exchange. The Sequoia Project supports the eHealth Exchange and Carequality, and is expanding its efforts to support other critical initiatives. Ms. Yeager has more than 20 years of experience in the health IT 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 EHR certification program in the US.