The Blue Button Movement: Kicking off
National Health IT Week with Consumer
By Lygeia Ricciardi / Director, Office of Consumer eHealth, ONC
This year’s National Health IT Week Consumer Summit celebrates consumer and patient engagement in health and healthcare via health information technology. This year we’ve decided to include “Blue Button” in its title. We get a lot of questions about what “Blue Button” is and what it stands for. It’s evolved rapidly in the last few years, so I’d like to help set the record straight.
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More New VA Blue Button Features for 2013:
The VA Blue Button creates value by enhancing Veteran access to personal health information from the VA Electronic Health Record and other key data sources to foster patient engagement, encourage activation, and support patient-centered care.
Already in 2013, the VA Blue Button has 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)