This rule puts you first. It means you can see your medical record online, using any device you choose, any time you choose. You can:
CMS describes it this way: “Consumers routinely perform many daily tasks on their mobiles phones—banking, shopping, paying bills, scheduling—using secure applications. We believe that obtaining their health care information should be just as easy, convenient, and user-friendly.”
The goal is to give patients more choice. And to promote competition in health care.
This rule is for people who use Medicaid managed care programs like Highmark Health Options. It is also for users of other Medicaid, Medicare Advantage, CHIP, and ACA programs. (ACA coverage is obtained through the Affordable Care Act marketplace.)
Because of the CMS rule, new applications (apps) are being built for many purposes related to health care. The application programming interface, or API, is called Blue Button 2.0 API. Think of it like an app store for health care systems. Through it, you can find and use apps that follow CMS security and privacy guidelines.
Highmark Health Options will publish additional information as it becomes available.