Officials Stump for Patient Data Access; CVS, HHS Team Up

June 8, 2015 in News

At Health Datapalooza last week, former National Coordinator for Health IT Farzad Mostashari touted a national campaign to improve patient access to their health care data, Clinical Innovation Technology reports.

As part of the effort, an online petition has been created to highlight individuals and organizations that support providing patients with access to their health data. In addition, Mostashari announced that July 4 will be “Data Independence Day” (Walsh, Clinical Innovation Technology, 6/7).

He said, “We believe that right now is the moment when patient demand for their records will be the ‘unknotter’ of the problem that we have — of the lack of access for patients to take their data and do what they want with it” (Dvorak, FierceHealthIT, 6/4).

HHS, CVS Partner To Provide Preventive Health Services Information

Also at Health Datapalooza, National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo announced that HHS has partnered with CVS Health to provide preventive health services information on the pharmacy’s website, FierceHealthIT reports (Dvorak, FierceHealthIT, 6/3).

In 1997, HHS launched the healthfinder.gov site to provide health information and boost consumers’ health literacy. The site includes a tool, called myhealthfinder, that lets consumers enter data about themselves to receive personalized wellness and prevention information (Jayanthi, Becker’s Health IT CIO Review, 6/4).

At the conference, DeSalvo said that because “not a lot of people like to go to the government to look for information,” HHS officials decided to open up the application programming interface and work with CVS to disseminate preventive health information (FierceHealthIT, 6/3). 

Under the new partnership, CVS Health will leverage the no-cost API to integrate the myhealthfinder tool into its MinuteClinic websites (Becker’s Health IT CIO Review, 6/4).   

DeSalvo said, “This is just the beginning, we really want to call on all of you and others to work with us,” adding, “To take a hold of APIs like that and do that with more of the resources and tools we have at HHS to get the information out to the public” (FierceHealthIT, 6/3).

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