The American Health Information Management Association during its annual conference in Atlanta is encouraging its 67,000 members to adopt the federally developed Blue Button technology to enable consumers to access their health information.
“The Blue Button campaign aligns perfectly with AHIMA’s mission of making health information available where and when it’s needed,” says Lynne Thomas Gordon, CEO of the association. The organization also is asking state chapters to pledge support for the initiative.
Pushing Blue Button is a new step for AHIMA in engaging consumers to be more active in their care. The association already offers a Web site, myPHR.com, to walk consumers through how to develop a personal health record. The Office of the National Coordinator in 2014 will unveil a new tool to help consumers find out which providers and insurers offer Blue Button information access. More information is available here.
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