News from NATE! – March 21, 2016

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Connecting and Accelerating a FHIR App EcosystemNATE encourages developers to take advantage of ONC’s new challenge grants for developing consumer-facing apps! The grants leverage the Health Level 7 – Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) standard and growing interest in an industry-wide approach to open, standardized application programming interfaces (APIs).

Help Consumers Get and Use their Health Information. In this challenge contest, prizes will be awarded to consumer-facing apps that use open, standardized APIs to help consumers aggregate their health information in one place that is under their control. Prizes will total up to $175,000.


NATE supports AHIMA’s 2016 advocacy initiative, MyHealthID, which aims to educate consumers about the need for a voluntary patient safety identifier as a solution to patient matching.

How You Can Help:

  • Show support by signing this petition to the White House:

Accurate patient identification is critical to providing safe care. We support a voluntary patient safety identifier and petition for the removal of the federal legislative ban that currently prohibits the US Department of Health and Human Services from participating in efforts to find a patient identification solution. Sharing of electronic health information is being compromised because of patient identification issues. Let’s start the conversation and find a solution.

The petition will be open at March 20 through April 19. Over 30 days, we will need to collect at least 100,000 signatures to move these efforts forward.

  • Make a “There’s Only One Me” video and post it on social media, with a link to To help you spread the word, AHIMA is providing:

A PDF with directions for downloading and printing a “Save the Date” card to kick start the MyHealthID campaign in your community

A Toolkit containing directions and ideas for educating people about this issue in your organization; among your colleagues, friends, and family; and on social media

An introductory webinar to the MyHealthID campaign to either stream or download

Research on patient matching published recently in the Journal of AHIMA and in Perspectives in Health Information Management

  • Join AHIMA, and NATE for a special #MyHealthID Twitter Chat on March 24th from 12-2pm ET to discuss consumer engagement in their health, healthcare and overall wellbeing. Consumers have the right to manage their health information and play an active role in their personal healthcare. This includes accessing and amending health records and requires health information managers to take the time to educate patients about their health records. At this Twitter Rally we will share with the public the valuable resources from AHIMA and others to help consumers make healthcare decisions and invite them to sign the #MyHealthID national petition. Click here for more details.

In the months since the NATE-supported GetMyHealthData campaign launched, individuals have time and again reported that expensive fees are a barrier to getting electronic copies of their health information. GetMyHealthData is helping to shift the tides, as seen in the latest guidance from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

This new federal policy encourages providers to offer patients electronic copies of their health information free of charge. The policy further clarifies when and how patients can be charged fees for their health data, including:

  • No more charging for patient portal access through certified EHRs;
  • No more per-page fees for electronic copies; and
  • No more surprise fees; providers must inform the individual in advance of the approximate fee that may be charged.

HHS goes even further in clarifying how providers can calculate the fee that can be charged to individuals for copies of their health records. One option is a flat fee for standard electronic copies; this fee should not exceed $6.50 – no more than a Subway footlong sub! Now that’s progress.

If you’re ready to keep breaking down barriers to patient access, request digital copies of your health information today. Check out the new video to get started: Three Easy Steps to Get Your Health Data.

Where to Find NATE This Spring


2016 State Healthcare IT Connect Summit

March 21-22, 2016 | Baltimore Marriott Waterfront 

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Johns Hopkins University Alumni Association

March 22, 2016 | Washington, DC

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The Demand for Secure Interoperable Health Information Exchange: Options and Opportunities 2016

Pre-Conference Workshop Co-Hosted By

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April 10, 2016 | Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, DC

** Discounts available for NATE members. Contact Meryt McGindley for details. **

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Discuss the Hottest APIs in Health!

In Partnership with HDP-2016-250

May 7, 2016 | Washington, DC

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