If I am a “Meaningful User” of health IT does that count as Blue Button?

Yes. Stage 2 of Meaningful Use requires that patients be given the capability to view, download and transmit their health data electronically. These requirements are fully aligned with the Blue Button goals of empowering patients to be partners in their health and health care through access to and use of personal health information. The evolving and expanding vision for Blue Button further articulates the goal of giving patients both a “human readable” and “machine readable” version of their information, which can be accomplished as part of meeting the view, download, and transmit capability requirements.

Please refer to the official web site for the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive Programs for the complete list of meaningful use criteria.

Content last reviewed on January 15, 2013
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