Five years ago, the process to connect a healthcare organization onto the emerging national health information network took a couple of months. Today, the national network is called eHealth Exchange and run by The Sequoia Project, and the connection process takes about two weeks.

The Sequoia Project also serves as a neutral convener for Carequality, a public-private collaborative to solve interoperability issues via consensus. Radiologists haven’t been a typical audience for eHealth Exchange and Carequality, but accountable care is compelling acceleration of population health management and radiologists now clearly have a role to play.

At a session during RSNA 2015, Sequoia Project CEO Mariann Yeager will explain the breadth and depth of eHealth Exchange, Carequality and other interoperability initiatives underway across the nation, including the radiology-friendly IHE International program. David Mendelson, M.D., professor of radiology at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, and co-chair of IHE International, “will provide the radiology spin,” Yeager says, and explain what it all means to radiologists.

They will talk about successful data sharing programs, including how eHealth Exchange with 110 participants and soon onboarding numerous large healthcare organizations is reaching a critical mass, how to deal with vendors when seeking improved interoperability, and becoming more familiar with privacy and security requirements, among other issues.

“The message we’ll send is that the foundation is being laid to wire the country and connect at an unprecedented level,” Yeager says. Session RCC22, “IHE Clinical Solutions for Interoperability-Imaging and Beyond,” is scheduled at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 30.

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