Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)

Department of Health and Human Services

Chief Data Officer: Allison Oelschlaeger

Better Quality of Care

Data at the Point of Care (DPC) is a pilot API of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. It says that, “As patients move throughout the healthcare system, providers often struggle to gain and maintain a complete picture of their medical history.” 

DPC’s role is to fill any information holes that exist in claims data. Health care providers receive highly secure and structured patient history, plus details on past procedures, medication adherence, and more. The desired outcome is to raise the quality of care to Medicare beneficiaries during treatment. 

Information can be accessed in the existing information stream. It obviates the need for providers to take the time and effort to log in to another application or portal.

Because it is a pilot program (started fall 2020), DPC is using synthetic data for testing, a common practice that expedites machine learning when there is an insufficient volume of empirical data to employ. 

Benefits to providers are manifold … 

  • Medical professionals don’t have to use paper, faxes, or — least reliable of all — a patient’s recall to learn of historical diagnoses, procedures, and medications. 
  • DPC provides a 360-degree view for providers, who have instant visibility into the care and treatment patients have received from other providers, such as urgent care clinics, ERs, and hospitals. 
  • A full menu of patients’ medication regimen, past and present, is easily accessible

Among the benefits of DPC to patients are …

  • Reduced stress and frustration by not needing to locate personal medical records that may be misplaced or lost
  • Increased quality time with the patients’ provider, who doesn’t have to spend inordinate time looking for hard-to-find claims data
  • Improved coordination on provider team, which has the same, full visibility into the patient’s care portfolio