The Sequoia Project, AHIMA Aims to Enhance Data Usability Efforts

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Posted on July 11th, 2023 by Mark Melchionna

The organizations created a new initiative to assist healthcare organizations in navigating data usability.

In an effort to build better semantic interoperability of health information, the Sequoia Project and the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) have created Data Usability Taking Root, an initiative meant to ease the implementation and flow of data.

Despite the high availability of data, its use and application often contain many gray areas. Recognizing this, the Sequoia Project and AHIMA created a new initiative that aims to increase the usefulness of health information for the healthcare workforce.

Known as the Data Usability Taking Root, this initiative specifically seeks to make data more computable by allowing participants to choose their pathways for implementation. The Sequoia Project intends to assist users with technical issues and testing throughout this process.

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This is not the first time The Sequoia Project has taken steps to improve data usability.

In October 2020, the organization created the Data Usability Workgroup that aims to assist health IT stakeholders with issues related to interoperability. The organization launched this effort to guide participants with implementation, improving patient data exchange.

As The Sequoia Project recruited healthcare and interoperability stakeholders for the workgroup, they did so with the goal of increasing comprehensive guidance.

The Ohio Health Information Partnership (OHIP), the operator of CliniSync, took a similar step in June.

To improve interoperability and data usability, this organization selected the KPI Ninja platform from a health IT vendor, Health Catalyst. According to OHIP, this step would allow for the growth of CliniSync while assisting users with data usability.