Free Version of Cures Act Ready BlueButtonPRO Solution for EHRs & Payers Announced by Darena Solutions

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The free offering will allow EHRs and Payers to avoid the million dollar penalty and adopt FHIR® standards to meet the Cures Act requirements in a phased manner.

By offering our solution for free, we are proud to contribute to CMS and ONC's goal to leverage the robust nature of the FHIR® standard in democratizing healthcare technology development.— DR. PAWAN JINDAL, PRESIDENT & CEO, DARENA SOLUTIONS

Darena Solutions announced today that it would offer a free version of its BlueButtonPRO solution called CuresConnect™ to EHRs and Payers. As part of the 21st Century Cures Act, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued two rules to implement interoperability and patient access provisions. Last year, BlueButtonPRO became the nation's first and is still the only solution to be fully certified by the ONC for meeting these requirements. With this new offering, Darena Solutions is taking a giant leap towards its goal of empowering patients and helping healthcare organizations achieve true interoperability and Cures Act compliance by leveraging HL7® FHIR® standards.

Under the Cures Act Final Rule, EHRs and Payers need to provide patients access and control of their electronic health information via FHIR® Application Programming Interface (API). Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, CMS has pushed the Payers deadline to July 1, 2021. Similarly, ONC has also moved the deadline for EHRs to December 31, 2022 for using the FHIR API. However, the EHRs are still required to share data with patients by April 5, 2021 or face a penalty of a million dollars for becoming "Information Blockers."

BlueButtonPRO CuresConnect™ encompasses all the components to not only meet but exceed these requirements as highlighted below:

  • Information blocking penalty avoidance requirements
  • 2015 Edition Cures Update certification requirements mandated for EHRs
  • CMS Interoperability and Patient Access Final Rule requirements for Payers
  • Multiple options for EHRs and Payers to upload data
  • Enable patients to access their data through approved apps

"FHIR continues to gain momentum as people realize the elegance of its design and simplicity. Rather than sit back and wait for the delayed deadlines, we are adding fuel to the FHIR®. We are proud to contribute to CMS and ONC's goal to leverage the robust nature of the FHIR® standard in democratizing healthcare technology development. We are doing our part by offering a free version of Cures Act Certified BlueButtonPRO to EHRs and Payers. We truly believe FHIR API is the better approach to data-sharing, ultimately leading to better care for all of us," says Dr. Pawan Jindal, President & CEO of Darena Solutions.

Darena Solutions is offering a no-cost sandbox environment with de-identified data for developers to build FHIR® applications rapidly on the BlueButtonPRO platform. Darena Solutions is also doing an invitation-only free webinar for EHRs and Payers to share more details about the offering.

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Darena Solutions delivers an ecosystem of FHIR® enabled interoperability, regulatory compliance, and analytics solutions to healthcare providers and payers. By creating channels for data sharing between providers, payers, and patients, our solutions enable healthcare organizations to achieve compliance and derive insights for prospective decision-making resulting in increased workflow efficiencies and better patient outcomes. You can connect with us on LinkedIn and Twitter.

BlueButtonPRO Version 2 Health IT Module is 2015 Edition Cures compliant and has been certified by an ONC-ACB in accordance with the applicable certification criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. This certification does not represent an endorsement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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