At a recent health information technology conference, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology challenged vendors to "set data free" — meaning, give all patients easy, secure access to their health information.
RelayHealth responded by proudly supporting the Blue ButtonSM initiative to enable consumers to download their health information and share it with providers through one click, and has been named the winner of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) “Blue Button for All Americans” contest.
RelayHealth won the $50,000 contest prize by making a Blue Button personal health record (PHR) system available to all patients, including veterans, of more than 25,000 physicians. VA’s Innovations Initiative (VAi2) sponsored the contest. RelayHealth will donate the prize to the Wounded Warrior Project, which supports programs that assist injured service members, veterans and their families.
Through the RelayHealth network, individuals can access their RelayHealth patient health record data in a text file, as an enhanced PDF, or as a standard Continuity of Care Document (CCD) that can be imported or shared with healthcare information systems. The availability of the CCD download differentiates RelayHealth's Blue Button implementation from others. Specifications for the Blue Button initiative only require that data be available as text or enhanced PDF.
The Blue Button initiative, announced in August 2010, was developed by the Department of Veterans Affairs in collaboration with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and the Department of Defense, along with the Markle Foundation's Consumer Engagement Workgroup.