Ohio Hospital Newswire


CMS Announces Initiative to Expand Patient Access to E-health Records




The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services this week announced MyHealthEData, a federal initiative to expand patients’ electronic access to their medical data.
The White House Office of American Innovation will lead the initiative, which will also include the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, the National Institutes of Health and Department of Veterans Affairs. As part of the initiative, CMS intends to refocus its Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record Incentive Programs and the Advancing Care Information performance category of the Quality Payment Program for clinicians on interoperability, and “to reduce the time and cost required of providers to comply with the programs’ requirements.”
Chantal Worzala, American Hospital Association vice president of policy, said: “America’s hospitals and health systems are strongly committed to the use of technology to provide high-quality coordinated care, support new models of care, and engage patients in their health. While the meaningful use program was successful in encouraging adoption of EHRs, it is now time to allow hospitals and clinicians to determine how best to leverage technology to support the secure exchange of health information to improve care and engage patients.”
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