CMS Administrator Verma announced on Tuesday several new initiatives for interoperability.
For data to flow freely, she said there would an overhaul of meaningful use, and the full ballroom at the HIMSS18 global conference in Las Vegas broke into applause.
HealthcareIT News reports Verma said in a post-speech meeting with reporters:
We’re changing to a new era of empowered consumers. We are about putting patients first and making sure patients have access to their healthcare data. You’re hearing that from the White House too. We’re very clear that patients should have their data and access to it in a timely manner because that will increase quality, duplication, testing.
CMS also launched MyHealthEData here at HIMSS18 to get healthcare information into the hands of patients faster
The initiative will ensure that patients receive a copy of their entire health record electronically. It will be done through program interfaces, or APIs, she said.
CMS believes the future of healthcare depends on the development of open APIs. We need more payment data.
CMS will act as a convener for APIs across the digital system that also connects to patients’ claims data.
Read the announcement about MyHealthEData at CMS.Gov
Read the Administrator’s speech to HIMSS18.