Seema Verma cites longitudinal patient records as the future of healthcare

CMS Administrator Seema Verma hinted at one of her goals for the future of healthcare during the agency's Blue Button 2.0 Developer Conference Aug. 13  in Washington, D.C., according to FedScoop.

At the conference, CMS encouraged developers to create software built with Blue Button 2.0, an open application programming interface tool that allows third-party apps and services to connect to Medicare claims data.

"We're at the beginning of what I call the digital health revolution, where we have all of this data that's in a digital format within the doctor's office and we have the ability to take that information and unleash it," she said, according to FedScoop.

Moving forward, Ms. Verma said she envisions a "a future for healthcare, and a future for all of us, where our healthcare record begins from the time of [birth] and collects all of our data throughout our lifetime."

These longitudinal patient records would not only include information from today's EMRs, but also information from wearables, claims and genetic tests.

"Imagine all of that data aggregated in one place," she said.

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