Patient Engagement February 12, 2019
Sara Heath

The proposed rules double down on the MyHealtheData initiative and call for an end to patient information blocking.

Today the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the Interoperability and Patient Access Proposed Rule, which seeks to enable easier patient data access and health information exchange. This announcement comes ahead of the festivities at the HIMSS19 conference held this week in Orlando, Fl.

Specifically, the rule proposes updates to the MyHealtheData initiative, which CMS announcedduring last year’s HIMSS conference. The MyHealtheData initiative established the agency’s commitment to promoting patient data access and data ownership.

Specifically, CMS advocated for patients accessing their own digital medial records and transmitting that data to authorized family members, caretakers, providers, or researchers.

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