Shannon Sartin, the former director of digital service at the CMS, said she is returning to the agency to help oversee technology.
"I will be continuing my work at CMS as the chief technology officer at CMMI, a team that I am beyond thrilled to join," Sartin said in a blog post announcing her new role Thursday. The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation is where the CMS tests new payment delivery models.
The CMS did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Sartin's new role.
Sartin in her former federal roles at the CMS and the U.S. Digital Service oversaw Medicare data projects, including the launch of Blue Button 2.0, a data-sharing tool that lets Medicare beneficiaries share their claims data with third-party apps. She also worked on Data at the Point of Care, a pilot the CMS launched last year that allows clinicians to access claims data for their Medicare patients.
Blue Button 2.0 and the Data at the Point of Care pilot are part of the CMS' MyHealthEData initiative, an interoperability effort aimed at giving patients more control over their health data.
The projects in many ways echo themes included in the proposed interoperability rule the CMS released last year, outlining how regulators would require insurers to share medical data with patients—including through the use of application programming interfaces that connect beneficiary data to third-party apps.
"Bigger than just the product we built, Blue Button put in motion a new approach to data sharing in healthcare and established the foundation for CMS to share more timely information using modern technology," Sartin wrote.
She joins Brad Smith, CMMI's director, as one of the center's most recent hires. Smith, who co-founded palliative-care provider Aspire Health, was named director earlier this month after the CMMI's former director, Adam Boehler, was nominated for another federal position in July.