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CMS Chief Seema Verma Unveils 2 EHR Platforms at HIMSS Annual Conference

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has announced a new initiative designed to provide patients access to their electronic health records and share their data with their preferred health care providers.

CMS Administrator Seema Verma unveiled the MyHealthEData initiative at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society’s annual conference Tuesday in Las Vegas, Nevada, the agency said Tuesday.

MyHealthEData is a program led by the White House’s Office of American Innovation in partnership with CMS and other Department of Health and Human Services agencies and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Verma also introduced at the HIMSS event a new Medicare platform that works to help beneficiaries share and access their personal medical records in digital format.

The Blue Button 2.0 tool is designed to help Medicare beneficiaries link their claims data to their trusted health care providers, services, research programs and applications.

“Today, we are calling on private health plans to join us in sharing their data with patients because enabling patients to control their Medicare data so that they can quickly obtain and share it is critical to creating more patient empowerment,” Verma said.

At least 100 organizations have adopted Blue Button 2.0 to facilitate the development of new applications for health management.

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