The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) announced that The Sequoia Project has been awarded a cooperative agreement to serve as the Recognized Coordinating Entity (RCE). The RCE will be responsible for developing, updating, implementing, and maintaining the Common Agreement component of the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA). The Common Agreement will create the baseline technical and legal requirements for health information networks to share electronic health information and is part of ONC’s implementation of the 21st Century Cures Act (Cures Act).
In the Cures Act, Congress directed the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to advance trusted exchange of electronic health information among health information networks through the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement. The Cures Act’s focus on trusted exchange is an important step toward fostering transparency and competition throughout the health care delivery system by addressing the technical barriers and business practices that impede the secure and appropriate sharing of electronic health information.
In addition to the Common Agreement, the RCE will collaborate with ONC to designate and monitor Qualified Health Information Networks (QHIN), modify and update accompanying QHIN technical requirements, engage with stakeholders through virtual public listening sessions, adjudicate noncompliance with the Common Agreement, and propose sustainability strategies to support TEFCA beyond the cooperative agreement’s period of performance.
The Sequoia Project is a non-profit, public-private collaborative chartered to advance implementation of secure, interoperable nationwide health information exchange. The organization focuses on solving real-world health IT interoperability challenges by bringing together stakeholders from government and commercial health care to collectively address the opportunities and challenges inherent in improving electronic health data sharing in the United States.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology is at the forefront of the administration’s health IT efforts and is a resource to the entire health system to support the adoption of health information technology and the promotion of nationwide health information exchange to improve health care. ONC is organizationally located within the Office of the Secretary for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
This was reported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on September 3, 2019.
Contact information: Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 330 C Street Southwest, Floor 7, Washington, District of Columbia 20201; 202-690-7151; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Website: www.healthit.gov