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CMS Creates CHIO Role to Spearhead MyHealthEData Initiative

CMS recently announced plans to fill a new CHIO role created to drive forward initiatives including MyHealthEData.

CMS created a new CHIO to head MyHealthEData.

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By Kate Monica

- CMS recently created a new Chief Health Informatics Officer (CHIO) position to spearhead CMS initiatives including MyHealthEData, Medicare Blue Button 2.0, and the EHR Incentive Programs overhaul.

The federal agency is currently in the process of finding the right candidate to take over the role.

The new CHIO will take charge of advancing the aims of the MyHealthEData initiative, which is primarily designed to improve EHR patient data access and ensure patients have control of their own information.

”Through MyHealthEData, CMS envisions a future in which all patients have access to their own health data and use it to make the right decisions for themselves and to get the best value,” said CMS Administrator Seema Verma in a recent press release.

“We see health IT systems that work seamlessly with each other, and a government that supports secure data sharing and emerging technologies so that healthcare in America is better and less expensive,” she continued.

The new CHIO will be a leader in the health IT industry capable of driving health IT and data sharing improvements to enhance healthcare delivery, improve health outcomes, lower healthcare costs, and enable patient empowerment.

“Through this new function, CMS will effectively engage stakeholders from all parts of the healthcare market, including our Federal partners and industry leaders,” stated Verma.

CMS is also creating the position to ensure data is being used effectively to improve care delivery and lower costs.

“We also are thinking about an Application Programming Interface (API) strategy across the entire agency that will allow us to securely provide data so that software developers, researchers, and others can design useful products (such as apps) powered by it, just as so many companies do to enhance their customer experience,” Verma maintained.

CMS should have had a CHIO a long time ago, Verma said. The position will improve the CMS leadership team and enhance the federal agency’s overall health IT strategy.

“The challenge is great, but so is the reward—building the next generation of interoperable health systems for millions of Americans and affecting national and global health IT for good,” said Verma.

The job posting closes tomorrow, July 20. According to the posting, the CHIO will earn a salary between 134,789 and 164,200 per year.

The CHIO will develop health IT and information management strategy for CMS and HHS, work with internal and external stakeholders to determine how CMS will apply health informatics methods and standards to IT business, and provide subject matter expertise for health IT information management and technology innovation policy.

Additionally, the CHIO will act as a liaison between CMS and private industry stakeholders to lead innovation and help inform CMS health IT and information management policy and operations.

“I look forward to meeting qualified CHIO candidates who wish to step up to this challenge and join the team that will lead CMS health IT over the “finish line” so that we can drive down costs and save lives. The time is now to realize the true potential of health IT for America’s patients,” Verma concluded.

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