Launched July 30, Data at the Point of Care is a new pilot program from the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the U.S. Digital Service that will assist healthcare providers in providing high quality care to Medicare beneficiaries by giving the providers easier access to a patient’s Medicare data for treatment.

“Data at the Point of Care fills in the gaps with claims data to inform providers with secure, structured patient history, past procedures, medication adherence, and more,” the pilot programs site reads.

For healthcare providers, the Data at the Point of Care program will provide medical history of new patients digitally, give access to see how other providers are caring for the patients, and allows providers to see patients’ medication history and learn about possible gaps in medication history.

“The information can be accessed in the existing workflow and without logging into another application or portal,” CMS said. While the pilot program does not require individual beneficiary authorization, patients can choose to opt out of data sharing.

For the patients, the program hopes to reduce the frustration in filling out paperwork in waiting rooms and provide more time for providers to spend with the patients. It also aims to keep the entire provider team on the same page regarding a patients’ full healthcare picture.

Healthcare providers can request access to the pilot program to get started.

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Jordan Smith is a MeriTalk Senior Technology Reporter covering the intersection of government and technology.