MyHealthEData Initiative Puts Patients at the Center of the US Health Care System
Administrator Seema Verma announced a new Trump Administration initiative – MyHealthEData – to empower patients by giving them control of their health care data and allowing it to follow them through their health care journey.
MyHealthEData will help to break down the barriers that prevent patients from having electronic access and true control of their own health records. Patients will be able to choose the provider that best meets their needs and then give that provider secure access to their data, leading to greater competition and reducing costs.
In an address at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Annual Conference in Las Vegas, Administrator Verma also announced the launch of Medicare’s Blue Button 2.0 – a new and secure way for Medicare beneficiaries to access and share their personal health data in a universal digital format. This enables patients who participate in the traditional Medicare program to connect their claims data to the secure applications, providers, services, and research programs they trust.
Additionally, CMS intends to overhaul the Electronic Health Record Incentive Programs to refocus the programs on interoperability and reduce the time and cost required of providers to comply with the programs’ requirements.
The Administrator also highlighted other CMS plans to empower patients with data:
See the full text of this excerpted CMS Press Release (issued March 6).
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