For healthcare organizations to appropriately and efficiently share health information, there needs to be binding expectations on the types of data to share, the purpose for sharing, and any technical considerations.

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Establishing common trust agreements for health information sharing fosters a standard approach to data exchange across organizations, says Mariann Yeager, CEO at the Sequoia Project, which operates a national data exchange service and supports other interoperability initiatives.

Yeager and Steve Gravely, a partner and healthcare practice lead at the Troutman Sanders law firm in Atlanta, will cover the basics on the state of health information exchange and lessons that have been learned in establishing and using common trust agreements.

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The speakers also will cover the emerging and controversial issue of information blocking and the need to level the information sharing playing field; why health data exchange remains difficult after a decade of work; and the need to find common ground, particularly between expectations of the public and private sectors.

Session 27, “Nationwide Trusted Exchange: Are We There Yet?” is scheduled at noon on February 20 in Room 311E.

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