The Sequoia Project www.sequoiaproject.org, a non-profit public-private collaborative, fully supports multiple independent health IT interoperability initiatives. Sequoia also supports the CMS https://www.cms.gov nationwide deployment plan for the health IT disaster response platform known as the “Patient Unified Lookup System for Emergencies (PULSE).
Experts within HHS including the Office of the National Coordinator for Health (ONC) https://www.healthit.gov and the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) https://www.phe.gov, initially conceived the idea for PULSE following experiences in Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy.
The Sequoia Project has formed an advisory council to provide information on how PULSE is progressing. The new PULSE advisory council will guide efforts to deploy PULSE to states and regions, There are plans to also provide information on governance and policies on a national level to enable sharing among disaster healthcare volunteers and community providers.
The advisory council is composed of subject matter experts who will bring insight from federal and state government offices, emergency response organizations, health information networks, healthcare provider organizations, and clinicians.
Go to https://www.healthit.gov/techlab/ipg/node/4/submission/1801 for more details on PULSE.