The 21st Century Cures Act emphasizes that citizens need access to their healthcare data to empower them to make better decisions about their health and healthcare. The proposed rules recently published by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) lay out clear steps to realize this.
The recent measles outbreak in the state of Washington reminds us of the importance of empowering citizens with enhanced access to their healthcare data. On January 18th, 2019 Washington declared a local public health emergency identifying a measles outbreak in Clark County. As of Feb 26, there have been 65 confirmed cases of measles in Clark County and one confirmed case in King county.