Blue Button gives US veterans and their doctors access to PHRs

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‘Blue Button’ is becoming recognized as a convenient and safe way for individuals to access their personal health records (PHRs). Walgreens, Aetna, and PatientsLikeMe have publicly committed to offer Blue Button download capability on their websites, and others such as Microsoft and Northrop Grumman already offer Blue Button data services. Now, there is also a competition (deadline 18 October) to create something similar for 25,000 physicians. The winner’s Blue Button capability must be interoperable with VA’s Blue Button so that users can easily move their files around to best manage their care. Blue Button gives access to health information. Heads-up thanks to Craig Newmark (yes, he of Craigslist) via Facebook owing to his interest in eHealth matters.