Blue Button Developers Conference


TODAY — WHITE HOUSE HOSTS BLUE BUTTON 2.0 EXPO: The White House is opening its doors today to health IT-focused developers who want to incorporate Medicare claims data into mobile apps for patients and providers.

Video coverage is scheduled to begin at 1:00 pm EDT.

A senior White House official tells Morning eHealth that more than 500 groups have registered to build apps using the data, and that roughly 150 people are expected at today’s event: a “developers conference” modeled after Apple’s WWDC.

Blue Button 2.0, which lets patients download their own claims data, is a cornerstone of the White House and CMS health IT collaboration known as “MyHealtheData.” White House senior adviser Jared Kushner and CMS administrator Seema Verma announced their overall mission to increase patient access to data, as well as Blue Button 2.0, at HIMSS in March. MyHealtheData also aims to “provide more evidence-based treatment guidelines that ultimately will drive down costs and improve health outcomes,” Verma said in a statement.

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