Medicare announces electronic initiative

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

WASHINGTON – CMS has announced a new initiative, MyHealthEData, to give patients control of their healthcare data. Under the initiative, patients would have access to their entire health record electronically and be able to share the data with whomever they want to make informed decisions about their care. CMS Administrator Seema Verma also announced the launch of Medicare’s Blue Button 2.0, which allows beneficiaries to access and share their health data and connect their claims data to secure applications, providers, services and research programs. Additionally, CMS plans to overhaul its Electronic Health Record Incentive Programs to refocus on interoperability, and to reduce the time and cost required of providers to comply with requirements.