Blue Button Plus

By Jonah Comstock 11:56 am September 19, 2014
Last week, as part of its Health IT week, the Office of the National Coordinator of Health IT announced that it had hired Lana Moriarty as its new acting director of consumer e-health. Moriarty steps into the shoes of Lygeia Ricciardi, who departed in July after holding the office for three and a half years, during which the bulk of the work was done on the ONC's Blue Button project for consumer...
By Neil Versel 04:00 am September 17, 2013
Humetrix's iBlueButton app won the ONC's Blue Button Mashup Challenge in January. With new, tougher HIPAA privacy regulations set to take effect in less than a week, the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR), which enforces the rules, is trying to educate consumers and healthcare entities alike about a longstanding but much-ignored policy. "There is a clear right [in the HIPAA privacy rule] not...
By Neil Versel 10:55 am August 9, 2013
An emerging company called Kinsights this week launched an online pediatric personal health record for parents to keep track of their children's medical histories. I initially rolled my eyes. "Untethered" PHRs—controlled by patients and not directly connected to an institutional EHR—have been an unmitigated failure to date. As I noted in a February 2013 commentary, they generally don't fit...
By Neil Versel 06:52 am May 6, 2013
The Patient Privacy Rights Foundation, the organization founded by Texas psychiatrist Dr. Deborah Peel, is trying to shed the perception that it is anti-health IT by naming physician-entrepreneur Dr. Adrian Gropper its first-ever chief technology officer. Gropper, who founded picture archiving and communications system (PACS) vendor Amicas in 1996 and launched ill-fated personal health records (...
By Jonah Comstock 01:54 am January 17, 2013
Humetrix iBlueButton app won the ONC's Blue Button Mashup Challenge. The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is working to promote more patient engagement and access with their own records. One avenue of this work is with the Meaningful Use Stage 2 guidelines, but the office is also working with data holders and app developers to encourage the development...