What kind of technology do I need to access the Blue Button?

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 may not yet be available to you. When it becomes available, the Blue Button should allow you to download and/or print your own health information without using any special software. You shouldn’t need any special technology to take advantage of Blue Button’s ability to make it easier for you to view, download and share your personal health data with others you trust. However, you may want to consider using a personal health record to store and manage all your health information in one place. Increasingly, more health plans, health care providers, nursing homes, pharmacies, laboratories and other institutions that have your health information on file are offering you a portal or personal health record—a place for you to store and manage your health information online. You can also sign up to get one on your own.

Content last reviewed on September 5, 2017
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