Show Me My Health Records!

The Trump administration is proposing new legislation that would expand patients’ ability to access their health data. Federal health regulators unveiled two major proposals, including technology standards that could benefit a growing list of companies building tools for patients to store health information on their personal digital devices.

“Patients have really lost in the system,” Seema Verma, administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, told The Wall Street Journal. “Today, instead of filing cabinets and paper silos, we now have electronic silos.”

Another proposal mandates that patients be able to electronically access all of their health information without charge.

The new proposals would also require health insurers to offer government-backed plans to digitally share claims data, including information on costs of services.

Source: The Wall Street Journal, February 11, 2019.