LAS VEGAS (March 6, 2018) - HIMSS appreciates White House Office of American Innovation Director, Jared Kushner, and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma’s participation in the HIMSS18 Global Conference and Exhibition, and acknowledges their announcements this morning on the Trump Administration’s MyHealthEData Initiative.
Administrator Verma’s announcement of Bluebutton 2.0 and call to accelerate innovation to release data is a strong indication that CMS is moving in a direction that envisions the next state of our healthcare system, one with safe and efficient care delivery. Administrator Verma described a path for CMS that ensures patients are empowered to control their own data, so that the right information about the right patient is available to the right provider at the right time.
Reaffirming its commitment to value-based care delivery, HIMSS champions a health system that delivers safe, accessible, cost-effective, and efficacious care. The importance of secure electronic exchange of health data to value-based care cannot be underestimated. HIMSS continues its pledge to work with CMS to ensure that incentives and CMS policies facilitate greater levels interoperability to achieve the overarching goal. We need to leverage all available policy levers to incentivize more health system participants to share data.
We look forward to learning more about Administrator Verma’s announcement of a complete overhaul of the Meaningful Use program, changes to the Advancing Care Information performance category of the Quality Payment Program (QPP), and other Trump Administration announcements on the MyHealthEData Initiative.
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