ONC Seeks Jazzed-Up Blue Button Display

Maureen McKinney | ModernHealthcare.com | October 22, 2012

HHS' Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has launched another in a series of contests related to the federal government's Blue Button for America health-records initiative.

A collaborative project of HHS and the U.S. Veterans Affairs Department, Blue Button is an effort to make health data readily accessible to patients through the click of a button. According to HHS data, more than 1 million people have already used the tool to download their medical records from providers and insurers.

This latest challenge, announced in a notice in the Federal Register (PDF), calls on applicants to redesign health records to make them more visually intuitive, efficient and easy to use.