1upHealth Announces Free Baseline Testing for Health Plans

Service is Part of 1upHealth’s “Ask the FHIR® Experts” Initiative to Expedite Healthcare’s Transformation to the FHIR® Standard

Boston, MA, August 11, 2021 (HIMSS Booth #3269)–1upHealth, a trusted FHIR® platform for health data interoperability, announced today that it is offering health plans freebaseline testing to determine if their Patient Access application programming interface (API) is connecting to third-party developers as required by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services(CMS) Rule.

In order to speed up the progress towards greater health data interoperability, the federal government enacted regulations to push the industry to adopt APIs based on the Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) protocol, a modern data standard that gives internet-like ease and functionality to healthcare data.

“Every one of 1upHealth’s customers went live with the required APIs by July 1. Unfortunately, many health plans are still struggling with the implementation of FHIR APIs since this is all new to them,” said Ricky Sahu, CEO and Founder of 1upHealth. “In addition, CMS requires ongoing testing and monitoring. As experts in FHIR committed to promoting interoperability in healthcare, we are offering this free service to test connectivity as our APIs are already connected to 10,000 healthcare endpoints.

One of the regulations is the Patient Access Rule, which is intended to give patients more control over their healthcare data. It mandates that government-regulated health plans (i.e. Medicare and Medicaid) must provide active members with the ability to access claims, encounter, clinical, and formulary data through a member-selected thirdparty application. At the direction of the member, the health plan is required to make the foregoing data available to the third-party applications developers via FHIR APIs. Enforcement of the Patient Access API went into effect on July 1, 2021.

About 1upHealth

1upHealth is the leading FHIR® platform that connects an ecosystem of payers, providers, patients, life sciences and app developers within a trusted interoperability network. Unlike legacy enterprise companies, 1upHealth was created and built with the modern healthcare infrastructure in mind. The 1up|FHIR® platform is serverless with cloud-native applications that transform data at enterprise scale with greater ease and simplicity to improve patient outcomes, drive population-level analytics and enable medical innovation. Founded in 2017, the company is connected to more than 10,000 clinical endpoints with best-in-class FHIR® APIs. Gartner designated 1upHealth a “Cool Vendor in Healthcare Interoperability” for its FHIR® platform.

For more information, visit 1up.health or email hello@1up.health.

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