CMS DEL Supports Interoperability

CMS has produced the agency’s first Data Element Library (DEL), a new database to create a comprehensive, electronic and centralized resource. For the first time, the public can view the specific types of data that CMS requires from post-acute care facilities such as nursing homes and rehabilitation hospitals  to help assess the health of their patients.

These assessments include questions and response options on patients including demographics, medical problems, and other types of health evaluations. Many of the data elements have been standardized which means that healthcare facilities are now able to integrate all of the patient information into their medical record systems.

“We’re excited to add this important building block to the foundation for interoperability that CMS is helping to establish,” said CMS Administrator Seema Verma. “The DEL supports the use and sharing of data and aligns with “MyHealthEData”, a government-wide effort to strengthen the interoperability of health information.

She adds, “DEL also aligns with the CMS “Patients Over Paperwork” initiative focused on reducing administrative burden and costs while improving care coordination, outcomes, and the patient’s ability to make decisions about their own care.”

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