What is “Blue Button for America”?

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 information beyond the original project initiated at the VA. The vision for Blue Button is that any consumer in any health care setting nationwide will be able to view, download, and share and use their personal health data from any provider, hospital, pharmacy, or other “data-holder" of their personal health information. Through ONC’s Blue Button Pledge Community, hundreds of private sector and non-profit organizations have voluntarily pledged to increase consumers’ secure, electronic access to their personal health information and promote its use toward achieving better health. We expect more and more organizations will join the Blue Button Pledge and take the steps necessary to make health care information available to their members and patients to provide them with the ability to have the information they need on demand in order to manage their health.
Content last reviewed on January 15, 2013
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