Blue Button 2.0

June 15, 2018

Bringing the Consumer Access Revolution to Medicare

Blue Button gives Medicare beneficiaries the ability to share their claims information with the applications and services they trust and protect their data from those they don’t.

Working with the Center for Medicaid Services (CMS), NewWave built their application programming interface (API) using internet and health industry best practices and standards. The CMS Blue Button 2.0 API is now being looked to as a model for the secure sharing of information with consumers across the health care industry.

NewWave is proud to be the development partner for CMS in building the Blue Button 2.0 API as an extension of the Chronic Conditions Data Warehouse (CCW). The Blue Button 2.0 API uses the HL7 Fast Health Interoperability Resource (FHIR) specification to make four years of Medicare Claims information available for 53 million Medicare Beneficiaries.

Designing, building and deploying the Blue Button 2.0 API required a unique set of skills that NewWave’s team of experts can translate to projects and organizations of any size:

  • Detailed knowledge of the data stored in the 800 billion records of the CCW, a major health data warehouse used by researchers
  • Mapping of more than 1,300 data elements from CMS claims information into FHIR specification resources
  • Design, deployment and management of highly secure and scalable cloud environments using open-source technologies that met rigorous CMS security standards
  • Design, configuration and deployment of an OAuth2.0 authorization service that integrates with to control access to Medicare beneficiaries’ FHIR-structured claims information


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