CMS picks Human API for initiative to share health data

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is collaborating with Human API to make the second-generation CMS Blue Button 2.0 API available to 53 million Medicare patients through the Human API data network.

CMS made the announcement March 5 at the HIMSS18 conference and exhibition in Las Vegas. Human API markets a FHIR-based application programming interface app that supports secure sharing of health data.

The Blue Button program enables Medicare beneficiaries to share their claims data with entities they trust.

"Partners integrating with Blue Button 2.0 like Human API furthers our mission at CMS to put the patient in control of their own data," said Kelly Taylor, product manager for the Digital Service team leading the Blue Button 2.0 API development effort. "Human API has built a massive network of clinical data sources and EHR integrations and is an ideal partner for CMS to launch our new Blue Button claims data API. Companies like Human API are solving very hard interoperability problems that will benefit millions of Medicare beneficiaries and help advance medical research and population health initiatives."

The CMS Blue Button 2.0 app, available through Human API, enables third-party developers and providers to build new integrations that support accessing claims data for beneficiaries, covering Medicare Parts A, B and D.

The data includes type of Medicare coverage, prescriptions and primary care treatments and costs. This data includes information about a beneficiary's health, including type of Medicare coverage, drug prescriptions, primary care treatment and cost.

Using the HL7 Fast Health Interoperability Resource (FHIR) framework to ensure data is in a structured format that can be accepted by a wide range of applications, Human API has designed an interface on top of the FHIR API to enable Medicare beneficiaries to connect their data to third-party applications; putting the beneficiary in control of their health data. More information is available in the CMS exhibitor booth at HIMSS18.

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