CMS Administrator Seema Verma recently announced a new initiative designed to improve EHR patient data access called MyHealthEData.
Designed to improve EHR patient data access, MyHealthEData is a government-wide initiative led by the White House Office of American Innovation in conjunction with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and the National Institute of Health (NIH).
As part of the effort to create a more patient-centric healthcare system, ONC released the ONC Guide to Getting and Using your Health Records, a new online resource for individuals, patients, and caregivers.
This new resource supports both the 21st Century Cures Act goal of empowering patients and improving patients’ access to their electronic health information and the recently announced MyHealthEData initiative . The new initiative, led by the White House Office of American Innovation and supported by ONC, empowers patients by giving them control of their healthcare information. Other participants in the effort include the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA).
“It’s important that patients and their caregivers have access to their own health information so they can make decisions about their care and treatments,” said Don Rucker, M.D., national coordinator for health information technology. “This guide will help answer some of the questions that patients may have when asking for their health information.”
Individuals’ ability to access and use their health information electronically is a measure of interoperability and a cornerstone of ONC’s efforts to increase patient engagement, improve health outcomes, and advance person-centered health.
To view the ONC Guide to Getting, Checking, and Using your Health Records, visit: HealthIT.gov.
Additional information on the HIPAA Privacy Rule is available at: https://www.hhs.gov/hipaa/for-individuals/guidance-materials-for-consumers/index.html
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