Blue Button for all
According to an August 9 blog post by Lygeia Ricciardi, the acting director of the ONC’s Office of Consumer eHealth, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT wants to automate the Blue Button feature for all patients.
The Blue Button is currently available to veterans, military service members, and Medicare beneficiaries to obtain their health information. It allows patients to view and download their information in simple text format.
ONC and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) are launching this initiative by developing standards and specifications so that patients can also privately and securely send data from their health care providers to their personal health records, email accounts, health-related applications, or other preferred holding place.
The VA developed the Blue Button for its personal health record, MyHealtheVet. Since its debut, several hundred thousand people have used Blue Button to download their personal health information. Other agencies such as the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Department of Defense (DoD), and private health plans such as United HealthCare and Aetna, also use Blue Button as a way to make health care data available to their beneficiaries in a printable, downloadable format.
We have been supporting the Blue Button initiative since the structure was first proposed two years ago. For more information about maintaining security and ease-of-use in electronic health records, contact our specialists.
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