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  1. Blue Button - Introduction for General Audiences
    “Blue Button” is shorthand for a movement toward an improved healthcare system in which patients and providers use information technology to collaborate and improve health. The Blue Button logo...
  2. Blue Button - Using and Understanding the Blue Button
    The HIPAA Privacy Rule sets rules and limits over who can look at and receive your health information. The rules still apply with Blue Button so your doctor won’t have access to any information they...
    To ensure that your personal health information is kept private and secure, typically only you can access the Blue Button after you have logged into your health care provider or health plan’s patient...
    “Blue Button” is a term that connotes easy, secure electronic access to your health data. Having access to this information can help you manage your care by having information you need to coordinate...
    Blue Button puts the information others hold about you in your hands. You decide how to use it. Using Blue Button does not give anyone else access to your health records unless you choose to share it...
    You should already be taking care of yourself—or managing your care—by watching what you eat, exercising and taking advantage of preventive health benefits your health plan might offer. And many...
    To ensure that your health records are kept private and secure, only you or someone who has your permission can access your health records through Blue Button. Since this requires that you log in to...
    You are not required by law to use Blue Button. However, being able to “blue button” your health data and share that information with others you trust could be helpful in the event of an emergency...
    Though your doctor may not want to offer you secure access to your health records online, he or she is required by law to provide you with a way to view and get a copy of your health records, even if...
    No. Your doctor is not required to offer Blue Button to you today. However, there are financial incentives available from the federal government to encourage health care providers to adopt electronic...
    There should not be a cost. Ask your health care provider or health plan if they offer a way for you to view, download and share your health information online.
    The Blue Button allows you to download your personal health information, including information like your emergency contact information, health history, important test results, medications, allergies...
    To ensure that your personal health information is kept private and secure, typically only you can access the Blue Button after you have logged into your health care provider or health plan’s patient...
    The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) helps keep entities covered under HIPAA accountable for the privacy and security of patients’ health information. Although electronic...
    Even if you don’t have access to Blue Button right now you still have a legal right to see and get a copy of your health records. Having electronic access to your health records allows you to have...
    Remember that unless you are a veteran, Medicare beneficiary or service member or your health plan, health care provider (doctor or hospital) or other entities where you seek care use Blue Button, it...
    It depends. The data that you are able to get from your health plan and your health care provider (doctor, hospital, etc.) may be different. Health plans may have both claims and personal health...
    The Blue Button enables you to securely access your personal health data online by clicking on a “Blue Button” logo or icon. You may have access to your claims and personal health information that is...
    It depends if your health care providers, health insurance company, or other organizations that manage your health records (e.g. pharmacy, lab, etc.) offer Blue Button. You may be able to get your...
    Blue Button for America is a collaborative effort by the Department of Health and Human Services, the White House, and the Department of Veterans Affairs to expand consumer access to personal health...
    Many people in the United States still don’t have easy, electronic access to their health information, and many don’t know that the Federal government has taken a large step towards solving that...
  3. Blue Button - Information for Developers
    We need experts to develop standards and pilot the technology, innovators to push the envelope, and patients and providers to test that it works. To join this initiative or to learn more, visit: wiki...
    ONC and the Department of Veterans Affairs have teamed up to launch a new Standards...
  4. Health IT and Electronic Health Records (EHRs)
    With electronic prescribing, or e-prescribing, your doctor enters information about drugs you may need into a computer. This electronic prescription is sent over a secure network to the pharmacy you...
    An electronic health record (EHR) is more than just a computerized version of your paper chart. It’s a digital record of your health information that can provide your health care team with...
    An electronic health record (EHR) contains patient health information, such as: Medical history Diagnoses Medications Immunization dates Allergies Radiology images Lab and test...
    There are many advantages of electronic health records. Electronic health records (EHRs) help health care providers better manage patient care by: Getting accurate and complete information about...
    A personal health record, or PHR, is an electronic application through which patients can maintain and manage their health information (and that of others for whom they are authorized) in a private,...
    A personal health record (PHR) is one tool that can be used to increase patient participation and improve families’ engagement with their care. PHRs are collections of information pertinent to...
    Yes, there are two kinds of personal health records (PHRs): There are standalone PHRs where patients fill in the information from their own records and memories and the data is stored on...
    An electronic medical record (EMR) is a digital version of the paper charts in a doctor’s office. They contain primarily the notes and information collected by and for the clinicians in that office....
    Adopting electronic health records (EHRs) will help health care providers build a sustainable medical practice. The next generation of health care professionals will expect and demand that their own...
    Health information technology (IT) is the use of computer hardware and software to privately and securely store, retrieve, and share patient health and medical information.
  5. Implementing EHRs
    The Recovery Act allows for adjustments to the Medicare physician fee schedule for Medicare providers who do not adopt and successfully demonstrate meaningful use of a certified EHR by 2015. No...
    If Medicare eligible professionals, or EPs, do not adopt and successfully demonstrate meaningful use of a certified EHR technology by 2015, the EP’s Medicare physician fee schedule amount for...
    Health IT and electronic health records (EHRs) can help you provide patients with access to their health information, improve care coordination, and provide higher quality and safer care for your...
    Regional Extension Centers (RECs) are located in every region of the country to help health care providers become adept and meaningful users of electronic health records (EHR). They can provide EHR...
  6. EHR System Certification
    The Certified HIT Product List (CHPL) provides the authoritative, comprehensive listing of Complete EHRs and EHR Modules that have been tested and certified under the Temporary Certification Program...
    Authorized by the National Coordinator, ONC-Authorized Testing and Certification Bodies (ONC-ATCBs) test and certify that certain types of EHR technology (Complete EHRs and EHR Modules) are compliant...
    Certification of health IT assures purchasers and other users that an EHR system, or other relevant technology, offers the technological capability, functionality, and security to help them meet the...
  7. Health Information Exchange
    As of May 26, 2011, all state strategic and operational plans were approved; read state plans at http://statehieresources.org/state-plans/.
    Health information exchanges (HIEs) facilitate the secure exchange of health information within and across states. Sharing information in this way is one of the requirements of meaningful use. The...
  8. Health IT Workforce and Training
    Contact one of the 82 member community colleges across the country about distance learning opportunities for health IT training programs. For more information, visit the Community College Consortia...
    The Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) has developed a Health IT job board. This website offers ONC graduates the opportunity to post their resumes and search for jobs that...
    The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology's (ONC's) Community College Consortia Program established non-degree health IT training programs at 82 member colleges across...
  9. General Questions About Health Information Technology
    To receive updates from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) on health IT activities: Sign up for Email Updates from ONC Follow us on Twitter @...
    We regret that we cannot respond individual requests for interviews with ONC staff to help with school projects and papers. Please review the ONC website for more information on ONC initiatives and...
    You will find a list of ONC job opportunities on the “Contact Us” page of our website. Other positions within the federal government can be found at www.USAJobs.gov.
  10. Health Information Privacy and Security
    Covered entities must protect the privacy of individuals’ health records. “Covered entities” include most health plans, most health care providers, and health care clearinghouses....
    The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule sets rules and limits on who can look at and receive your protected health information, or information that relates to...
    The following entities must follow The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) regulations. The law refers to these as “covered entities”: Health plans Most...
    Find out if your doctor, hospital, drug store, lab, or health insurance company offers Blue Button. Although Blue Button is in its early stages, it is expanding rapidly. If your doctor does not...
    More and more people are using personal health records (PHRs) to manage their health information and become full partners in the quest for good health. PHRs are different from electronic health...
    The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule gives you, with few exceptions, the right to inspect, review, and receive a copy of your medical records and billing...
    If you believe that a covered entity or business associate violated your health information privacy rights or committed another violation of the The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability...
    The The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Security Rule requires specific measures to safeguard your electronic protected health information to ensure its confidentiality,...
    The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) protects: Information your doctors, nurses, and other health care providers put in your medical record Conversations...

Most Popular Questions

Remember that unless you are a veteran, Medicare beneficiary or service member or your health plan, health care provider (doctor or hospital) or other entities where you seek care use Blue Button, it...
With electronic prescribing, or e-prescribing, your doctor enters information about drugs you may need into a computer. This electronic prescription is sent over a secure network to the pharmacy you...
Health information exchanges (HIEs) facilitate the secure exchange of health information within and across states. Sharing information in this way is one of the requirements of meaningful use. The...
We regret that we cannot respond individual requests for interviews with ONC staff to help with school projects and papers. Please review the ONC website for more information on ONC initiatives and...
It depends. The data that you are able to get from your health plan and your health care provider (doctor, hospital, etc.) may be different. Health plans may have both claims and personal health...