Five pharmacy and grocery chains have committed to expanding and accelerating their data exchange capabilities to enable health consumers to download their prescription histories using Blue Button+ technology.

The goal, according to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, is to increase use of standardized methods to structure data for patients in machine-readable formats, enabling consumers to access their data using a variety of computing platforms. Stage 2 electronic health records meaningful use criteria also require eligible professional and hospital use of Blue Button + standards.

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