Mostashari Praises iBlueButton

Diana Manos | Healthcare IT News | January 4, 2012

Almost everyone in the healthcare IT world, and beyond, has heard of Blue Button, a federal program designed for, initially, veterans, and now Medicare beneficiaries, to download their electronic health records (EHRs). But, now there's something new to add to that growing trend: the iBlueButton app.

Until now no one has succeeded in making a patient’s entire medical record – straight from their providers – available on a mobile device and under the patient’s control, according to Todd Stein, a spokesman for Humetrix, the designer of iBlue Button. Thirty-seven million Medicare patients and millions of veterans can now use their iPhone or iPad to download their Blue Button medical record, Stein said.

National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) Farzad Mostashari recently praised iBlueButton at a meeting hosted by the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington, DC. He shared a personal story about his use of the iPhone app that “opened my eyes,” he said...