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Blue Button® Toolkit

Support Consumers in Getting
& Using Their Health Records

Sample Blog Post - Conumer Advocacy

Sample Title: [INSERT ORGANIZATION NAME] Joins the Nationwide Blue Button Campaign to Empower Consumers to Be Partners in Their Health

Do you struggle to remember answers to questions like: What medications are you on? Do you know where to find the vaccination history for you or your children? Have you ever had any surgical procedures done? How long ago? Do you have a family history of heart disease?

You are not alone! Yet, giving the wrong answers to these questions could be fatal, especially in an emergency.

Technology can change this by enabling you to get your information electronically to help you manage your health and health care, and that of your family. In support of greater patient and consumer empowerment, [INSERT ORGANIZATION NAME] is pleased to be joining the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) within the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in a new initiative called the Blue Button Campaign.

Just what exactly is Blue Button? Blue Button is a symbol that lets patients and caregivers know they can securely get their health information electronically. Your health information may be stored in many places, such as with physicians, hospitals, diagnostic labs, pharmacies, and state immunization registries. Until recently, much of this information, particularly within doctor’s offices and hospitals, was on paper. Fortunately, new federal laws and programs are making it easier for health care providers to switch from paper files to electronic health records.

Technology can change this by enabling you to get your information electronically to help you manage your health and health care, and that of your family. In support of greater patient and consumer empowerment, [INSERT ORGANIZATION NAME] is pleased to be joining the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) within the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in a new initiative called the Blue Button Campaign.

Just what exactly is Blue Button? Blue Button is a symbol that lets patients and caregivers know they can securely get their health information electronically. Your health information may be stored in many places, such as with physicians, hospitals, diagnostic labs, pharmacies, and state immunization registries. Until recently, much of this information, particularly within doctor’s offices and hospitals, was on paper. Fortunately, new federal laws and programs are making it easier for health care providers to switch from paper files to electronic health records.

Whether or not your doctor uses the easy-to-recognize Blue Button symbol, you have a right to get your health information, to check it for accuracy, and to use it as you see fit. If your doctor cannot provide you with an electronic copy of your records, note that he or she is permitted to charge reasonable fees for photocopying and mailing paper copies.

We at [INSERT ORGANIZATION NAME] have joined the Blue Button Campaign to help you learn how you can exercise your rights to get your health data so you can:

In the upcoming months [INSERT ORGANIZATION NAME] will be doing [LIST COMMITMENTS] to help get the word out about Blue Button. Also, beginning in September, you should look for public service announcements that we will be running to help others learn about Blue Button [ONLY INCLUDE IF THAT IS A COMMITMENT] .

Right now, you can find out if your doctor, health plan, pharmacy, or others are providing you electronic access to your health records by going to www.bluebuttonconnector.healthit.gov. If your doctor or other health care organizations you work with are not listed, ask them “do you provide Blue Button electronic access to my health data?”

For more information about Blue Button, visit www.healthit.gov/bluebutton.