ONC looks to add Blue Button

Blue Button

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT wants the Blue Button.

ONC is working with the Department of Veterans Affairs, which first established the Blue Button feature two years ago that allows beneficiaries to obtain their health information.

ONC’s Standards & Interoperability Framework will kick off the project August 15 with a webinar to get participants involved in a wiki community.


“This will ensure that consumers have the most current, up-to-date information about their health at their fingertips whenever they need it,” wrote ONC Office of Consumer eHealth Acting Director Lygeia Ricciardi and Acting Chief Scientist Dr. Doug Fridsma on the ONC blog.

ONC plans to develop the standards and specifications that would enable patients to not only download their health information to their personal computer, but also to privately and securely automate sending that data from their healthcare providers to their personal health records, email accounts, health-related applications or other preferred holding place.

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