UnitedHealthcare is ramping up its rollout of the Blue Button technology enabling members to download their electronic health information in a common format to a personal health record.

The insurer in March first made Blue Button available to 500,000 members covered in Nevada. Now, it expects 12 million members to have access to the technology by year-end, and for all 26 million members to have access by mid-2013.

UnitedHealthcare already offers members a personal health record via its myuhc.com Web site. Now it will make it easier to update the PHRs and to print information to bring to an appointment.

The Departments of Veterans Affairs and Health and Human Services in 2010 developed Blue Button, which originally was offered to veterans and Medicare beneficiaries. Hospitals increasingly are offering the technology on their patient portals.

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