If I don’t have access to Blue Button now, why should I care about this?
Even if you don’t have access to Blue Button through your health plan, doctor or other health care provider such as pharmacies, nursing homes and labs, you still have a legal right to see and get a copy of your health records. You should be able to get your health records from most doctors, hospitals and other heath care providers, as well as from your health plan (insurer) in the form that fits your needs—either electronically or in a paper form—as long as your health plan or provider is able to do so. Having electronic access to your health record allows you to have the information you need at your fingertips to share with other doctors or in case of an emergency. More health care providers and health plans are adopting Blue Button, which means more people are gaining a convenient and secure way to access to their health information on demand, rather than having to ask for that information from their provider or health plan.
As more providers adopt electronic health records and meet the meaningful use requirements that support patients and families having access to their health information online, more patients will be able to have the information they need to play a more active role in their health care. To meet “Meaningful Use” requirements, more doctors will be using electronic health records and providing patients with easy, electronic access to that information. And more and more, that information is getting converted from paper records into a digital health format, allowing for more information to be integrated into the Blue Button.