News from NATE! 2017 – Call for Consumer Access Rising


Just a few years ago, in December of 2013, NATE and a small group of forward thinking leaders had completed a small pilot project called “PHR Ignite” which looked at how we might begin to leverage health IT to empower patients to be better informed partners in their care. At the time if you were to ask some what they were doing to enable consumer’s access to their health information you were likely to hear “Why would consumer’s want that?” and even more likely to hear “HIPAA doesn’t allow us to share health information like that.”

Today, toward the end of 2017, the conversation is certainly different. The conversation has turned the corner from “we can’t” to “how can we?” Many people have been part of changing the conversation over the years.  From the hundreds of grass roots activities being driven by supporters of consumer access – such as those who gathered over a weekend in 2017 for the first ever Consumer Centered Data Exchange HL7 FHIR connectathon track – to supporters at the highest ranks of government. Like Seema Verma, CMS Administrator, whom – at the ONC Annual meeting – shared the same sentiment so many of us feel about consumer access when she said, referencing her own personal experience trying to get access to her husband’s health information “…that data should be our data.”

In 2018 NATE will continue to be part of the movement that will one day “free the data” by helping answer the question “how can we” make that data “our data”. We hope you will join us in being the change we all want to see in the world. For our families and one another.

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NATE calls for Participants to further Consumer’s
role in sharing and using health information

Connectathon will be held 
Saturday/Sunday Jan 27-28 2018 in New Orleans
prior to the HL7 January 2018 Working Group Meeting
Building on the first track, the second
Consumer Centered Data Exchange Track
will continue to explore the several architectures
that enable consumer centered use cases
and collaboratively work to build consensus around
how the FHIR standards can best support them all.
Participants will utilize FHIR-based resources and related methods to examine how existing specifications support these consumer centered approaches and identify gaps in the specifications that may need to be addressed in the future.

NATE and Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services (MiHIN) invite all interested organizations and individuals to join us in preparing for this Connectathon.  Contact Track Lead, Aaron Seib via email to learn more.

Designed for easy implementation, HL7’s Fast Health Interoperability Resources (FHIR®) standard combines the best of earlier HL7 standards with the latest web technologies for health interoperability that’s astonishingly quick and cost-effective to develop. HL7 and FHIR are registered trademarks of Health Level Seven International, registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Must see video for those new to APIsThe 2015 Edition final rule includes several health IT certification criteria that support patient access to, and patient-directed transmission of, their health information, both of which can be built through the use of Application Programming Interfaces (APIs).  ONC has created an interactive API Education Module to help providers and consumers learn how APIs work and how they can be used in helping improve that access to information.  

CMS Blue Button API makes New Synthetic Data Available

The CMS Blue Button® API Team has updated data available via the Blue Button API sandbox, replacing the randomly generated data previously available. This new data set includes realistic, de-identified beneficiary and claims data. It’s suitable for demonstration, development, and test purposes.
The mission of the Blue Button API project is to enhance CMS’ current Blue Button service to provide a developer-friendly, standards-based data Application Programming Interface (API) that enables beneficiaries to connect their Medicare claims data to the applications, services, and research programs they trust. NATE encourages all developers of consumer apps to learn more at the
BBAPI Project Website

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