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CMS Advances Interoperability & Patient Access to Health Data through New Proposals

Posted on Saturday, February 16, 2019 2:44 PM

This week, CMS has proposed policy changes regarding its MyHealthEData initiative to improve patient access and advance electronic data exchange and care coordination throughout the healthcare system.

These changes include providers and insurers are to adopt a secure, standard format for electronic patient data by 2020. The goal of the technology is to allow information to easily move from plan to plan. The changes would also strengthen patients’ access to their health information and reduce certain burdens such as tedious data entry for providers.

“For far too long, electronic health information has been stuck in silos and inaccessible for healthcare consumers,” said CMS Administrator Seema Verma. “Our proposals help break down existing barriers to important data exchange needed to empower patients by giving them access to their health data. Touching all aspects of healthcare, from patients to providers to payers and researchers, our work leverages identified technology and standards to spark new opportunities for industry and researchers while improving healthcare quality for all Americans. We ask that members of the healthcare system join forces to provide patients with safe, secure access to, and control over, their healthcare data.”

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