DeSalvo Touts Interoperability, Blue Button At Consumer Health IT Summit

Katie Dvorak | FierceHealthIT | September 15, 2014

Event kicks off National Health IT Week

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT jumped into National Health IT Week in the District of Columbia by placing the focus on the consumers' role in their own healthcare.  National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo (pictured) kicked off the 2014 Consumer Health IT Summit by speaking about the advancements in the industry, such as Blue Button, which allows patients to secure online access to their electronic records, and the commitment to interoperability.

Interoperability is ONC's top priority, according to DeSalvo. "[Interoperability is] a way that individuals' health information is easily accessible to them when and where they need it," she said.  Consumers themselves play an increasing role in interoperability, she added. They ensure that the right information is available at the right time.

DeSalvo also announced that there will soon be a new Blue Button campaign, "that's gonna really explode." The campaign will focus on consumers' access to their personal health information. A new Blue Button toolkit was unveiled at the event.  Patrick Conway, deputy administrator for innovation and quality, and chief medical officer for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, also spoke about the importance of patient engagement in healthcare as well as quality measures...