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Newest Blue Button Enhancements in September 2013

My HealtheVet Release 12.6 includes some additional enhancements to the VA Blue Button:

  • For VA data classes, when no data is available from Vista, the field now displays double dashes. A key has been added instructing the user.
    Key:  Double dashes (--) mean there is no information to display.
  • Improved wrapping function to resolve issue with display of VA Notes
  • Minor formatting improvements for Blue Button output (see release notes and sample files)

Collaboration with industry partners can enhance the value of blue button data by enabling applications and tools that can enhance the appearance and usefulness of the data. To support our industry partners we provide sample files and release notes with additional details (below).

Blue Button Enhancements in June 2013

Significant enhancements to the VA Blue Button include enabling more timely access to data from the VA Electronic Health Record for Veterans with a Premium My HealtheVet account and the addition of two My HealtheVet self-entered data classes for all Veterans now available in the VA Blue Button: My Goals (Current Goals and Completed Goals).

In June (Release 12.5), several additional enhancements were released:

  • More timely access to information (reduced ‘hold periods’ for several VA data classes from 7 calendar days to 3 calendar days). These changes were also made to the VA CCD in the My HealtheVet 12.5.1 Release on July 2, 2013
  • Expansion of the types of self-reported information that all registered users can include in their VA Blue Button: My Goals (Current Goals/Completed Goals)
  • Improved performance for the Blue Button data refresh process
  • Enhanced data refresh status message with link to a user friendly description to enhance understanding
  • Enhanced user interface which includes information about business rules for VA data classes
  • Improved user message when no records match selection criteria
  • Minor formatting improvements for Blue Button output (see the release notes and sample files)

My HealtheVet Release 12.5.1 includes key enhancements to the VA Blue Button/ VA CCD:

  • More timely access to information by reducing the ‘hold periods’ for two VA data classes included in the VA CCD (Problem List and Laboratory Results) from 7 calendar days to 3 calendar days. These changes synchronize the hold period business rules for the VA CCD with the VA Blue Button.
  • Enhanced user-friendly section descriptions in the VA CCD Style Sheet and PDF view.
  • Re-enablement of the PDF file format for the VA Blue Button and VA CCD.
    • Cautionary content added to the user interface
    • New View/Print button for the PDF format with inline PDF viewer
    • Pop-up window presented to users when they choose the Download PDF button, enabling them to view cautionary content then continue or cancel

Collaboration with industry partners can enhance the value of blue button data by enabling applications and tools that can enhance the appearance and usefulness of the data.   To support our industry partners we provide sample files and release notes with additional details (below).


Sample Blue Button Release ASCII & PDF Files

Sep 2013:  ASCII Text File | Adobe PDF | VA CCD XML | VA CCD PDF | 12.6 Release Notes 

Jul 2013:    ASCII Text File | Adobe PDF | VA CCD XML | VA CCD PDF | 12.5.1 Release Notes 

Jun 2013:   ASCII Text File | Adobe PDF | VA CCD XML | VA CCD PDF | 12.5 Release Notes 

Mar 2013:  ASCII Text File | Adobe PDF | VA CCD XML | VA CCD PDF | 12.4 Release Notes 

Jan 2013:   ASCII Text File | Adobe PDF | VA CCD XML | 12.3 Release Notes 

Release 12.2.1 (Oct 2012):  ASCII Text File |  Adobe PDF 

Release 12.2 (Sep 2012):    ASCII Text File |  Adobe PDF 

Release 12.0 (Dec 2011):    ASCII Text File |  Adobe PDF  


Questions about Blue Button

If you have questions about how to use Blue Button, please visit My HealtheVet's Frequently Asked Questions.

If you have questions about DoD Military Service Information available in Blue Button, please visit this Frequently Asked Questions page dedicated to Military Service Information.


More Information about VA's Blue Button

VA's Blue Button Fact Sheet | Military Service Information Fact Sheet 


Other Resources

Blue Button Data.org 

Smart phone application from Northrop Grumman

Personal Health Record from Microsoft

Smart phone application offered by Humetrix

If you have other resources that should be included here, please contact us at VABlueButtonTeam@va.gov.