In August 2010, just 25 months ago, President Obama announced that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) was going to make Veterans’ personal health records available to them online with something called the “Blue Button.” Blue Button is an incredibly simple idea. It puts electronic information in the hands of patients—safely, reliably, and conveniently.
Last week, ONC kicked off National Health IT Week with the Consumer HealthIT Summit, a celebration of progress in consumer engagement through health IT, and an opportunity to catalyze yet more action among stakeholders such as patients, providers, payers, IT developers, consumer advocacy organizations, and electronic health record (EHR) vendors in the near future. A few highlights:
Just by using Blue Button, more than 1 million individuals, including seniors, veterans and other service members and their families, and Medicare recipients can download their health and medical records and actively take part in their health care.
Read how ONC used all of the tools in the toolbox to meet its mission and mandate over the past year.
Director of the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR), Leon Rodriguez, discusses the privacy and security of patient health information stored in electronic health records, and the role of OCR in enforcing the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rules.
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