Humetrix Unveils New Emergency BlueButton App

Lt. Dan | HIStalk Connect | January 5, 2014

Humetrix announces an update to the company’s BlueButton app that allows Humetrix to significantly expand the apps target audience. The new app does not rely on payer or health system data, which it currently only receives from the VA, CMS, and a handful of HIEs. Because of this, Humetrix will be able to market the app as a means of facilitating health data exchange for anyone interested in doing so. The announcement comes just prior to the CES 2014 kickoff, where Humetrix has said it will be demonstrating the new app.

The app itself is called In Case of Emergency BlueButton, or ICEBlueButton for short. It was designed to provide consumers with a way of reporting home meds, allergies, past medical history, and emergency contact information to the BlueButton network regardless of their personal insurance. The app then facilitates data exchange in some innovative new ways.

As the name implies, developers were focusing on getting critical information to key clinicians in emergency situations. Therefore, in addition to the patient themselves, the app was designed primarily with EMS and ER care providers in mind.