Consumer Engagement

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Call for Participation in the Automate Blue Button Initiative: Enhancing Consumer Access to Health Information

Lygeia Ricciardi | August 9, 2012

We need your help! In response to feedback received during the June 4 Patient Access Summit, ONC and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will soon be launching an initiative to automate “Blue Button”  by developing standards and specifications that allow patients to not only download their health information to their personal computer, but also to privately and securely automate the sending of that data from their health care providers to their personal health records,

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Making Patient Access to Their Health Information a Reality

Lygeia Ricciardi | June 25, 2012

As Americans, we each have the legal right to access our health information held by doctors, hospitals and others that provide health care services for us, thanks to the HIPAA Privacy Rule. But 41 percent say they never have.  Why? In a paper-based health care system, it can be time consuming, expensive, and cumbersome to get copies of your medical records. And what do you do with a stack—or maybe even a room full—of paper health records?

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