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CMS to Host Blue Button 2.0 Developer Conference

June 22, 2018
by David Raths
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Bringing together developers to build software leveraging Medicare claims data

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will host the first Blue Button 2.0 Developer Conference at the General Services Administration national headquarters in Washington, D.C., on Monday, Aug. 13, 2018.

The conference will provide a networking opportunity that brings together developers to learn, build software, and share insights on how Medicare claims data can be leveraged to improve health outcomes. In addition, the conference will help further advance the work of MyHealthEData, a governmentwide initiative led by the White House Office of American Innovation.

Developers will have an opportunity to get real-time feedback and meet the CMS engineering team. This event will include hands-on sessions for the technical community to create or build upon their Blue Button 2.0 application, with guidance and feedback from the Blue Button 2.0 team, patient advocates, and other experts. Attendees will also have the opportunity to see the many ways in which organizations are integrating with Blue Button 2.0 to improve health outcomes for Medicare beneficiaries through application demonstrations.

As part of MyHealthEData, CMS has securely released four years of Medicare Part A, B and D data for 53 million Medicare beneficiaries. This data contains a variety of information about a beneficiary’s health, including type of Medicare coverage, drug prescriptions, primary care treatment and cost. This release allowed Medicare beneficiaries to have full control over how their data can be used and by whom, with identity and authorization controlled by MyMedicare.gov to ensure their information remains secure and private. With the release of this data, CMS wants to work with developers to create new applications that help make this data more helpful and meaningful for patients.

For more  information and to register for this event, visit the conference website.

 

 

 

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