Press Release: ONC and The Sequoia Project Release Common Agreement Elements

“The Sequoia Project, selected by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) as the Recognized Coordinating Entity (RCE) to support the implementation of the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA), today released Elements of the Common Agreement for stakeholder feedback. The RCE will host a series of webinars to provide a forum for robust discussion of key policy issues.”

“’The Sequoia Project, in its role as the RCE, is working diligently with ONC to prepare a draft Common Agreement,’ said Mariann Yeager,  chief executive officer of The Sequoia Project. ‘Engagement by potential  QHINs and other stakeholders in the Common Agreement development process now is essential for successful implementation later.'”

“The much-anticipated approach to nationwide exchange of health  information includes a Common Agreement that will establish the “rules  of the road” and governing approach for exchange among Qualified Health  Information Networks (QHINs), and also includes the QHIN Technical  Framework (QTF), a draft of which was released on July 28, 2021 for public feedback. The Common Agreement itself will be a legal agreement  that The Sequoia Project, as the RCE, will sign with each QHIN.”

“Some provisions of the Common Agreement will flow down to organizations that  participate in the QHIN, as well as subparticipants of those organizations, via other agreements.”

“’The unique role of the non-profit RCE is the ability to bring together stakeholders from across the healthcare and health IT landscape to shape the final Common Agreement and realize our goal to begin  sharing in 2022,’ said Micky Tripathi, Ph.D., national coordinator for  health information technology. ‘The overall goal of the Common Agreement  is to establish a floor of universal interoperability across the  country…'” Read the full press release here.

Source: ONC and The Sequoia Project Release Common Agreement Elements – September 20, 2021. The Sequoia Project.

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