HL7 tool to help adoption of Blue Button for patient info access
HL7 standards group announced a tool to convert Continuity of Care Documents (CCD®) to the Blue Button format for download.
Most certified EHR solutions already have CCD-export functions. The CCD is a protocol for sharing patient summary info as part of the HL7 Clinical Document Architecture.
The Blue Button is a method that patients use to download, view, print and transmit personal health info. (Developed by the VA, HHS and DoD.)
Cornerstone, a behavioral healthcare provider, and Hello Health, an EMR and practice management solutions provider, sign on as early adopters of the tool.
This should help expand the use of the Blue Button functions by patients. VA announced a million downloads last year. In addition to VA and DoD use, major insurers have signed on.
Source: Circle Square Inc. | HIT Trends
Hello Health is a member of HL7 Health Level Seven International.