Success of Blue Button Initiative Tied to MU Program

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT this fall will launch a national campaign to boost consumer use of Blue Button technology to securely access their health records electronically.

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Comments (4)
Greg, it's wonderful to see encouragement for the Blue Button initiative, gaining access to your health records is a major step towards active patient engagement which will be sure to pay dividends for individual and population health. The only item that is worrisome is that to the best of our knowledge, Blue Button doesn't seem to have a strong enough patient identification mechanism in place to render it a secure means to access health data. In other words, opening the Blue Button door also means that people who aren't authorized to view, download, or transmit this health data will be gaming the system and accessing information illegally. This should be the #1 concern for Blue Button end users and there doesn't seem to be much, if any, action on adopting stricter patient identification protocols to address this. Just wondering what your opinion is on this?
Posted by John T | Tuesday, July 01 2014 at 12:23PM ET
My opinion is that if your concerned with security go back to paper and get worse health care! Send all to cloud and let pt. go there. Security can not be assured get over it!!!! Put money into healthcare not HIPPA.
Posted by mackley | Tuesday, July 01 2014 at 6:16PM ET
I agree w/John T. There have been so many hospitals/care providers fined for HIPPA violations/data breaches that hospitals/care providers have no choice but to focus on patient care and HIPPA. Paper does not guarantee security. Just as information in a cloud does not guarantee better healthcare.
Posted by Alex R | Wednesday, July 02 2014 at 5:06PM ET
The patient engagement initiative evolving around online patient access to their healthcare information for the purpose of review and sharing is wonderful. That being said, we have to face the fact that small percentage of the patient population will actually take advantage of these facilities in an effective way.
Posted by Jim Riggi | Sunday, July 06 2014 at 5:33PM ET
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