California HIE To Pilot iBlueButton For Residents

10-23-2013 5-09-41 PM

Add California to the growing list of states that are pursuing health information exchange-based patient portal solutions. Leaders responsible for the state’s HIE have announced that they have launched a pilot that will integrate the Humetrix iBlueButton app with the state’s HIE, creating an environment that will provide California residents access to their health data on a computer or smartphone in a centralized, integrated format.

The pilot, launched October 11, will initially be implemented in the San Diego area, connecting to the San Diego Regional Health Information Exchange. Residents receiving care in the area will be able to access their medical records from any doctor practicing at a participating care location.

"The iBlueButton app is designed to give anyone their own mobile Health IT system. The pilot will allow patients to receive directly on their smartphone their health record coming from any doctor participating in the San Diego Regional Health information Exchange. Participating providers include University of California at San Diego (USCD) Health System and San Diego Kaiser Medical Center, among others."

Humetrix has years of development efforts behind its iBlueButton app. The app was originally designed to provide veterans with the ability to access BlueButton data from the department of Veterans Affairs in the early days of the BlueButton initiative. When HHS announced that BlueButton technology would be adopted by CMS, Humetrix expanded its offering to include Medicaid and Medicare patients. In October 2012, Humetrix entered and won ONC’s Blue Button App Challenge. Today, iBlueButton is capable of extracting raw data in BlueButton format, presenting it to end users in a clean, patient-friendly format, and facilitating the download and transfer process so that patients can share their records where and how they need.

Veterans and Medicare/Medicaid patients will be able to view their VA and CMS BlueButton data on the app simultaneously, so these patients will be able to view their complete aggregated medical histories while the pilot is going on in San Diego.

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