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VA Blue Button

The Blue Button is a tool to make patient medical records easily available for patients to download and share with members of their health care team. The VA Blue Button is available to Veterans who use My HealtheVet to enable them to create a single electronic file that can include of all their available personal health information. Veterans who are VA patients and have a Premium My HealtheVet account can use the VA Blue Button to manage their health care as patients in VA medical facilities.

This website is a collection of resources for developers who are seeking to find ways to integrate VA Blue Button data with applications for use by My HealtheVet users. There are already a few applications available that allow Veterans to view their health care records on a smartphone or in another personal health record system. There are also developers working to enable other non-VA Electronic Health Records to receive health summaries from Veteran records safely and securely.

Other health care systems are developing their own versions of the Blue Button. Keep up with the newest features for developers at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Blue Button website.

The Blue Button Connector

The Blue Button Connector is the first ever, open data source delivered through an open API that makes transparent the health data that is increasingly available to the public, which we believe will help to fuel the creation of new products and services. This is an early version of the Blue Button Connector. The usefulness of the Blue Button Connector resource will grow as the community contributes to it. The Department of Health and Human Services invites feedback on how to make it better. Learn More

More New VA Blue Button Features for 2013:

In 2013, the VA Blue Button expanded significantly with the addition of Self-Reported data and additional data from the VA Electronic Health Record. 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 posted on our Resources page)


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