Blue Button Reaches One Million Registered Patients

by Linda Franklin

The Department of Veterans Affairs announced that, during the month of August, the one millionth patient has registered for Blue Button to access and download their Personal Health Record (PHR) information.

“Since President Obama announced the availability of Blue Button two years ago, VA has worked with their sister agencies to make online access to personal health records convenient, reliable, and safe.

The Blue Button enables patients to assemble and download personal health information into a single, portable file that can be used inside a growing number of private health care electronic records–as well as those in the VA, Department of Defense, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and private sector partners.  The VA Blue Button PHR includes prescription history, the ability to review past appointments and medical history details, wellness reminders and emergency contact information. Because it is web-based, the information is available anywhere, any time.  Its security measures are identical to those employed by retail websites that accept credit cards.

“VA believes that patients are hungry for their health information,” said Peter Levin, VA’s Chief Technology Officer. “The simplicity of Blue Button makes it easy for other public agencies and Federal Employee Health Program carriers to participate.  Getting to one million registered users so quickly is a great validation for our team.”

The Blue Button will see even wider use as more non-profit organizations and health care industry partners, such as Kaiser Permanente and Aetna adopt it as an integral part of their customer health records.   One of the most recent Blue Button partners is UnitedHealth Group.

For more information on the Blue Button initiative, please visit:  http://www.va.gov/bluebutton/

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