Consumer Engagement

Portrait of Erin Siminerio, M.P.H.

Patients Play a Vital Role in Improving the Quality of Information in their Medical Records

Erin Siminerio, M.P.H. | June 24, 2014

Federal incentives such as meaningful use and programs like the Blue Button Initiative are increasing patients’ electronic access to their medical records and encouraging greater engagement in their own care. That’s a good thing since medical records can contain errors .  Having a “second pair of eyes” on the medical record can help improve the quality of the information that providers ultimately use to make clinical decisions. Patients, after all,

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Launching this fall: the National Blue Button Consumer Campaign

Lygeia Ricciardi | June 23, 2014

At the recent Health Datapalooza Conference held here in Washington DC, ONC announced the next step for a national Blue Button Campaign in coordination with supporters of the Blue Button Initiative. The Blue Button Initiative is a public-private partnership that seeks to give consumers easy and secure access to their health records from a variety of sources in a format they can use. 

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