The Department of Veterans Affairs and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have launched separate healthcare information technology initiatives at theÂ Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society Conference in Las Vegas.
VAÂ said Wednesday it created aÂ beta version of theÂ Lighthouse LabÂ platform built to help software developers access tools to create web and mobile applications for military veterans.
The department plans to release three initial requests for proposals for commercial off-the-shelf micro-purchasing agreements with a $3,500 threshold in support of the application programming interface management platform.
VA alsoÂ aims to form a developer community to test APIs and developer support workflows, establish governance standards and build out documentation.
CMS Administrator Seema Verma introduced the department’sÂ MyHealthEData initiative and version 2.0 of theÂ Blue Button API during theÂ HiMSS Conference.
The MyHealthEData, led by theÂ White House Office of American Innovation, seeks to increase patients’ access to their medical records with technology.
Blue Button 2.0 is designed to helpÂ Medicare beneficiaries link claims data with applications, services and research programs.
VA Secretary David Shulkin said the department collaborated with CMS on the firstÂ Blue ButtonÂ tool and will support its latest version as part of efforts to help patients manage and share health data.