News from NATE! – May 26, 2015

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NATE welcomes DataMotion and Carebox to the NATE community!

On NATE Membership:

“NATE is enabling the patient to have direct access to their health records, improving their health outcomes. Healthcare is making strong progress in adopting electronic communications – mainly between providers – but empowering the patient is the critical missing link. We’re eager to share our expertise with NATE and its membership and set the stage for the future of healthcare, one in which the patient is truly ‘front-and-center’ and as informed and in charge as possible.”

— Bob Janacek, Co-Founder and CTO

On NBB4C Trust Bundle Participation:

“Our membership in NATE and our recent onboarding to the NBB4C Direct trust bundle are core to the Carebox story of patient-centric healthcare data interoperability. Every consumer with a Carebox account now has an associated Direct address that is part of the NATE NBB4C. That in turn means that any healthcare provider, using any MU2-compatible EHR or HIE product, can securely send a consumer’s healthcare record directly into their Carebox – as per the HIPAA-mandated right we all have to get copies of our own health records. NATE is thus a huge part of what makes the Carebox vision possible.

“We now all have a great litmus test to determine which EHR/HIE vendors and which healthcare providers are really committed to healthcare data interoperability. From congressional hearings to industry panels – whenever the subject comes up of which vendors or healthcare institutions are supporting vs. blocking healthcare interoperability – the first question asked can simply be this: ‘Do you allow consumers to get their electronic records sent to a Direct address (like their Carebox Direct address) that is part of the NATE NBB4C?’ Thanks to NATE, it is now that simple to understand where vendors and providers really stand on allowing all of us access to our own health records.”
— Brian Weiss, CEO

If you haven’t already…


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According to a national survey, of all patients who have online access, 86 percent use it, and 55 percent use it at least three times per year. A majority (56%) of patients want the ability to email their providers.

There is a current requirement in Meaningful Use Stage 2 to engage patients and families in their care by offering them online access to their health information. Part of the requirement involves getting 5% of a patient population to actually log-in and view, download, or transmit their health record.

CMS, in a very surprising turn, recently proposed that for 2015 – 2017, the 5% requirement be changed to just ONE PATIENT. That’s a far cry from the administration’s goal of patients being equal and engaged partners of their health and their care.

The most important thing we can do to change the rule is to make official public comment (via Tell CMS one patient isn’t meaningful enough. Sign the public comment letter encouraging CMS to reverse its proposal and reaffirm its commitment to patient and family engagement:

Upcoming NATE logo no words Events

May 30, 2015 | Washington, DC

As an event sponsor, NATE is proud to support the next generation of innovations that will ease the path to greater access to personal health information for consumers.

Join fellow developers at this collaborative learning event to explore the hottest APIs in healthcare. Whether you are a hard core professional developer, or dabble on evenings or weekends, or you are a patient interested in getting access to your health data, come to and find out about the latest developments in Open Health Data. Aneesh Chopra, former CTO of the USA, will give the opening Keynote Address!

Health Datapalooza 2015

May 31 – June 3, 2015 | Washington, DC

Healthcare Entrepreneurs’ BootCamp
June 2, 2015

This BootCamp brings industry experts together with innovators and entrepreneurs interested in connecting public data to proven value propositions.

Weather and geo-location data are easy-peasy compared to open health data, where the government is rocking but entrepreneurs and innovators struggle to keep up. The government is changing incentives for payment and care delivery and pumping out new data to make it work. Despite the massive opportunity, the rub comes when aspiring entrepreneurs try to take the cool idea, tech or data and match it with a business model. This interactive session uses a games-based approach to creating meaning from data and is stocked full of absolute experts from across the industry all geared up to help take your idea from the back of a napkin to delivering value in the marketplace. Come with an idea you want to explore or just a interest in how to tie cool data and tech to the core delivery in the healthcare ecosystem.

“But What If I Want to Share? Contributing Your Own Data to Foster Public Good”
June 3, 2015

If you want your own health data, you can hit the Blue Button and it’s yours to do with as you see fit. The Blue Button project is a stunning success story with about 8 gajillion people (give or take) downloading their personal medical histories. But what if you want to share your data? As the Data Liberation movement matures, it faces a number of challenges around developing open data. How can folks participate in open data if they don’t have six Masters degrees in data science, but simply want to share and help others? How can we protect and secure individuals’ privacy by creating data that meets research needs — by allowing people to opt in or otherwise? Finally, how do we best collect and analyze new sources of data from personal life streams and connect this unstructured data to the health care system?

Moderator: Niall Brennan, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Panelists: Geraldine Gueron, PhD, The Wikilife Foundation; Aaron Seib, National Association for Trusted Exchange; Maksim Tsvetovat, OpenHealth

Connecting Michigan for Health 2015

June 3 – 5, 2015 | Lansing, MI

National Health Information Sharing Landscape – Lessons from Other States
June 4, 2015

Learn what’s happening across the country as organizations move from initial adoption into efforts to discover and implement solutions for complex issues in HIE. Hear lessons learned, national progress toward standards adoption, health information organization successes and failures, and new models for continued value creation from a panel of leaders in the trenches of building and promoting health information sharing from states which are successfully building and promoting health information sharing.

Moderator: Jeff Livesay, MiHIN

Panelists: Shaun Alfreds, HealthInfoNet – Maine; Robert Cothren, California Association of Health Information Exchanges; Darryl Hollar, New York eHealth Collaborative; Aaron Seib, National Association for Trusted Exchange

Workshop: Identity Management and Cyber Security
June 5, 2015

This workshop will help individuals understand the brave new world of identity management, digital credentials and cyber security across organizational boundaries. The workshop includes a deep dive into the State of Michigan’s MILogin project and an overview of Federated Identity Management (FiDM). Speakers will focus on Secure APIs and best practices related to implantation of OAuth, OpenID Connect and User-Managed Access (UMA) solutions. Finally, the world of remote identity proofing will be explored including a discussion of the need for trusted identities in healthcare and the potential impact of the ability to issue trusted identities remotely. The intended workshop audience is anyone involved with health-related cybersecurity or identity management including federated identities and connectivity options.

NATE was grateful to be a participant in the Health Data Consortium’s Health Data Leadership Summit. Findings from the summit were recently published:

Health Data Accessibility Priorities for the U.S. Health Care System:

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Are you a student looking for a great opportunity this summer? NATE is in search of bright new talent to help fix healthcare by developing innovative policies to support multi-enterprise interoperability. Telework options available. Interested students should email Aaron Seib at

NATE’s NBB4C Trust Bundle makes it easier for providers to share health information with their patients so that their patients can do what they want with it.
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