At CES on the Hill, Humetrix Shows How iBlueButton Gives Americans Direct Control over Their Health Information for Safer Care, Cost Control & Privacy Protection

Built with “Privacy by Design”, iBlueButton Stores Personal Data on the User’s Device Only - Not in the Cloud - With No Data Mining, No Data Tracking & No Third-Party Data Sharing

Washington, D.C. April 16, 2018

At the Consumer Technology Association’s (CTA) Ninth Annual CES on the Hill event tonight, Humetrix will demonstrate iBlueButton, its Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Blue Button 2.0 enabled mobile health application, to give Americans covered by Medicare as well as Veterans and TRICARE enrollees the ability to securely access, store and share - under their direct and sole control - their health records. CES on the Hill takes place from 6:00 – 8:00 pm in the cafeteria of the Rayburn Office Building.

Facilitating information sharing, so that the patient’s health history is available at every point of care, is a prerequisite to improving care and reducing costs. Every year, between 200,000 and 400,000 Americans die from preventable medical errors, and in many instances these preventable deaths and an even greater number of avoidable injuries are caused by a lack of patient information. Over one third of health care expenditures are also caused by costly medical errors, duplicate tests and procedures and other waste. Putting a patient’s up-to- date medical history in their own hands, securely stored on their own mobile devices, is the practical cure to the persistent lack of interoperability between healthcare providers and other type of information blocking in our siloed health care system.

Humetrix’s ONC multi-award winning iBlueButton mobile application delivers a common-sense approach for data sharing, with the consumer /patient/ citizen accessing, storing, and sharing as they need, and as they want their own health records with the use of their own mobile devices. With iBlueButton, personal health records and other sensitive personal health information are only placed in the hands of the iBlueButton app user who pulls their own data directly from Medicare, the VA or the DoD health system into their own smartphone or tablet.

Computing, data processing, personal annotation, and data storage only take place on the user’s device, securely, under the user’s direct control. Personal information is never seen, stored, processed, or shared with third parties by Humetrix or anyone else other than the app user who has total ownership and control over their personal health information. With this local privacy and security by design architecture, iBlueButton avoids the risk of data tampering and data hacking of large cloud-based health data systems which have become the prime targets of such attacks.

iBlueButton embraces and delivers on the Administration’s new MyHealthEData initiative, starting with CMS Blue Button 2.0, by putting patients first and giving them control over their health information. Blue Button 2.0 enabled, iBlueButton provides for over 50 million Medicare beneficiaries and their caregivers a critical patient safety tool for them to coordinate their care. Most preventable and life threatening medical errors affect the elderly who are more likely to be on multiple medications and suffer from multiple chronic conditions which are too often unknown or partially known, given that on average a Medicare beneficiary sees seven different physicians in four different locations in a given year. When only one third of physicians exchange their patient health records, Medicare Blue Button 2.0 enabled applications like iBlueButton which transform in real time claim data into an actionable longitudinal health record with an up to date list of medications (actually delivered by a pharmacy, and not simply prescribed), list of diagnoses, or prior tests and procedures can be life saving and cost saving.

“Giving control of their health information to millions of Medicare beneficiaries by offering to them CMS approved Blue Button enabled apps is one of the most important Public Health initiatives of our time” says Bettina Experton, M.D., M.P.H., Humetrix Founder & CEO, and former Public Health officer.

“I commend the leadership of Seema Verma, CMS Administrator, the White House Office of American Innovation and the technological achievements of the U.S. Digital Services with Blue Button 2.0. On behalf of Humetrix and of many other IT companies embracing this important initiative, I am now looking forward to seeing CMS inform millions of Medicare beneficiaries, and their family care givers and healthcare providers about this life saving and cost saving initiative. Together, government and technology innovators can now positively impact the health of many and the health of our economy”, says Dr. Experton, member of the Board of Industry Leaders and the Health and Fitness Technology Division Board of the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), producer of CES and CES on the Hill.

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Humetrix offers a suite of mobile health platforms for consumers around the world that empower anyone to take control of their healthcare decisions, improve patient provider communications and reduce health care costs. The company is committed to improving patient safety and enabling more cost-effective healthcare

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