iHealthBeat, October 11, 2011
BEI Commentary: Patients are interested in accessing and downloading their medical records. Here is another indication of that with the number of users greatly exceeding initial expections.
On Tuesday, HHS Chief Technology Officer Todd Park announced that more than 430,000 veterans have downloaded their health care claims data via the Department of Veterans Affairs’ “Blue Button” initiative since it launched late last year, Modern Healthcare reports.
Park announced the figure during the FedTalks 2011 conference in Washington, D.C. (Daly, Modern Healthcare, 10/11).
About the Blue Button Tool
The Blue Button system is a tool for veterans to download, store or print medical information. From the MyHealtheVet site, veterans can use the Blue Button tool to download:
- Demographic information;
- Emergency contacts;
- Lists of prescription medication; and
- Wellness reminders. Read More