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How TEFCA impacts the future of healthcare

Learn about TEFCA, what it means for healthcare organizations, and what a trusted exchange framework can help providers accomplish going forward.

by Josh Mast | Hans Buitendijk | Mariann Yeager

Published on 4/20/2022
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In this episode, Josh Mast, director & product regulatory strategist at Cerner, is joined by fellow associate, Hans Buitendijk, director of interoperability strategy, and special guest, Mariann Yeager, CEO of The Sequoia Project. Through their own experiences, they discuss TEFCA (Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement), including what it is, how it impacts healthcare providers today, and how it can impact healthcare in the future, both locally and globally.

Notable quotes

“…a trusted exchange framework where we can all share the data safely, securely, and with the right stakeholders.” – Hans

“The ultimate goal is to make it much easier to have a standardized way to share information…” – Mariann

“I think that there is opportunity to leverage the capabilities and what we've been able to accomplish here in the U.S. and learn from other countries to facilitate information exchange internationally, and I think it’s close than we think.” – Mariann

Tune in to hear Josh, Hans, and Mariann answer these questions:

  • What is TEFCA? (01:39)

  • Why is that such an important topic for users and healthcare providers? (03:02)

  • What role is The Sequoia Project playing within this trusted exchange network? (04:44)

  • What do you see as the ultimate goal in implementing TEFCA? (06:15)

  • What do you think are the biggest challenge for achieving that goal? (07:55)

  • What is the next big milestone for TEFCA? (08:47)

  • What advice would you give healthcare organizations going forward? (10:13)

  • What does healthcare data-sharing look like over the next 5-to-10 years? (11:48)

  • Do you believe that U.S. policies like TEFCA have a potential worldwide impact on healthcare exchange? (14:50)