Will using Blue Button satisfy the “patient and family” requirements of Meaningful use?
Maybe. 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 Blue Button vision is evolving and expanding to encompass a variety of technical solutions beyond the traditional download of a text file, including view, download, and transmit capabilities. Along those lines, we strongly encourage every EHR technology developer to associate the download capability related to a human readable file with the increasingly popular “Blue Button” phrase and logo. Please be aware, however, that some vendors and providers may be using the term “Blue Button” consistent with the original, narrower technical set of requirements defined by the Veteran's Administration (VA), so use of the term does not automatically signify compliance with the full Meaningful Use Stage 2 requirements related to patient and family engagement. We refer all questions about the specific requirements for meeting Meaningful Use to the official website for the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive Programs.