The Sequoia Project and the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) have partnered on the initiative “Data Usability Taking Root.” They designed this project to enhance the quality and actionability of the health information that end users receive within their workflows. Eleven healthcare organizations, including Azuba, Civitas Networks for Health, Epic, Foothold Technologies, HCA, Health Gorilla, HIMSS Electronic Health Record Association, Kno2, MedAllies, New York eHealth Collaborative, and Optum, have joined the initiative. The project will offer technical assistance and testing support and help make exchanged data more computable and actionable. The guidelines for this initiative encourage organizations to incorporate a data-usability-in-all-projects approach for practical, incremental improvements over time. A series of virtual events culminating in the Data Usability Taking Root Summit on September 6 in Washington, D.C., will be held.
What Experts Are Saying:
In a statement announcing Data Usability Taking Root, Yeager shared insights with HealthcareITNews. Over a period of three years, more than 260 healthcare institutions diligently collaborated via the Sequoia Project, creating practical advice to improve the utility of health data for healthcare providers, health IT organizations, public health agencies, health information exchanges, and patients. Yeager emphasized that it is now crucial to implement this guidance for the benefit of society.
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[Source: HealthcareITNews, July 12th, 2023]