NewWave Technologies created Onyx to build on the company’s success creating Blue Button 2.0, an application program interface (API) from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), that provides health information access to more than 60 million Medicare beneficiaries.
In partnership with HealthAPT, NewWave constructed the Blue Button 2.0 data pipeline and FHIR platform that stores more than 12 billion electronic health records that beneficiaries can access to connect claims data to secure applications, services, and trusted research programs.
Onyx has leveraged the experience of developing Blue Button 2.0 to create SAFHIR, which utilizes the same underlying technology to help providers and payers use their data to deliver better service to their customers.
SAFHIR is a FHIR-based health data interoperability platform that lets providers and payers dramatically expand the ability to share data within their organization, with partners, and most importantly, with patients.
Mark Scrimshire, Onyx’s chief interoperability officer and a key member of the company’s leadership team, created the overall design of the Blue Button 2.0 API while working at CMS. He built the original proof of concept and established the secure authorization methods based on OAuth2.0 protocol, a first for CMS.
He continues to promote the Blue Button 2.0 API to healthcare organizations across the industry and nurtures the growing community of more than 1,000 organizations that are working with the API.