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First Genesis Team Member and Chief Medical Officer Joe Chirco appointed to Sequoia Project's Interoperability Matters Advisory Board

Oct 25, 2018 | Press Releases, The Sequoia Project News

(Vienna, VA -- October 25, 2018) -- The Sequoia Project, a non-profit dedicated to solving health IT interoperability for the public good, announced a new public-private cooperative called Interoperability Matters.  This new cooperative invites experts from across the healthcare and healthcare IT communities to identify, prioritize, and collaborate on the most pressing, descrete challenges to nationwide health information sharing.

"The technology to enable health information exchange have been laid by organizations like Carequality, CommWell, DirectTrust, eHealth Exchange and health information exchange organizations," explained Mariann Yeager, Chief Executive Officer of The Sequoia Project.  "However, there are remaining real and perceived barriers to making exchange more effective and seamless --but not for long."

“The First Genesis team has a long tradition of setting interoperability standards, including Fast Health Information Resources and Clinical Decision Support in healthcare. Our team assisted in the creation and standards of what is now known as the eHealth Exchange. The First Genesis team subject matter experts welcome the opportunity to provide technical solutions in providing comprehensive healthcare records seamlessly, across all electronic medical record systems at the point of care in the time of need” said Mr. Chirco, Chief Medical Officer of First Genesis.

The Interoperability Matters Advisory Group will prioritize critical issues that have the potential to improve nationwide health information exchange. Healthcare subject matter experts and critical stakeholders from across the private sector and government will form the Interoperability Matters workgroups. The Advisory Group will meet regularly to review workgroup’s progress and recommendations, and it will provide feedback. After getting input from the Advisory Group, workgroups will share their recommendations for public input to obtain even broader feedback from those impacted by the work. The final work product will be a consensus-built resource and plan of action for the healthcare sector to leverage and implement to minimize or eliminate that barrier.

About the Sequoia Project:
The Sequoia Project is a non-profit, 501c3, public-private collaborative chartered to advance implementation of secure, interoperable nationwide health information exchange. The Sequoia Project focuses on solving real-world interoperability challenges and brings together public and private stakeholders in forums like the Interoperability Matters cooperative to overcome barriers. Sequoia also supports multiple, independently governed interoperability initiatives, such as the RSNA Image Sharing Validation Program and the Patient Unified Lookup Service for Emergencies (PULSE), a system used by disaster healthcare volunteers to treat individuals injured or displaced by disasters.

About First Genesis:
First Genesis offers expertise in data security, connectivity and interoperability. Our innovative solutions assist business and technology leaders to solve the most complex data issues. First Genesis patent pending technology and services improve the alignment and modernization of data analytics, the management of supply chains, and the blockchain digital security protection of sensitive data.

Our technologies provide creative and actionable solutions that facilitate the sharing of information between organizations, communities, and individuals. The First Genesis team is comprised of recognized subject matter experts in blockchain data security, connectivity, interoperability and digital transactions within several business verticals.

First Genesis has provided innovative technology solutions to a few of the largest business organizations in the world: ExxonMobil, British Petroleum, Philips 66, Schlumberger, General Electric, NASA, Military Health Systems, The Department of Defense, Federal Healthcare Architecture.