Washington, D.C. & Lansing, MI, April 15, 2015 – The National Association for Trusted Exchange (NATE) and the Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services (MiHIN) have released a new video to educate consumers on their rights to access their own health information, and to encourage consumers to take control of their health using their smart devices and simple applications to request, view and store their health details.
Despite significant efforts from the healthcare industry to improve methods to securely communicate patient health data, many consumers remain unaware of their options and rights to view and manage their personal health information.
Access to health details can benefit patients in multiple ways, from making it easier to remember health history when filling out forms at a new doctor’s office, to helping care for a family member in need of assistance.
The new video, viewable at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WhYzNQLY9XM, was created as a brief introduction for consumers and healthcare providers to start the process of:
- Educating patients and doctors on patients’ rights and options to access their health information
- Teaching patients how to get a Direct secure email address to transmit health details
- Encouraging patients to talk with their doctors about accessing their information electronically
- Educating patients on applications enabled with the Blue Button® Electronic Health Record Retrieval System for health data
- Encouraging doctors to adopt Direct secure email solutions to share data with patients
- Urging Electronic Medical Record (EMR) vendors to provide Direct solutions, to enable Blue Button and become part of the NATE Blue Button for Consumers (NBB4C) trust bundle
“Using your smart device with any Blue Button-enabled application gives you a secure way to receive and share your health records,” said Aaron Seib, Chief Executive Officer of NATE. “These applications, available with computers, tablets or smart phones, help patients make sure their information is accurate, share the information with doctors or family, and generally have it available whenever they need it.”
The tools depicted in the video are available now, but some doctors may not know how to help patients access and share information. The video includes a link to a letter that helps patients work with their doctors to better understand the options available for sharing health details.
“Patients have the right to use their information to manage their health and their family’s health,” said Jeff Livesay, Associate Director of MiHIN. “With the growing number of tools in the marketplace it’s easier than ever for consumers to manage their health. Our goal for this video was to start getting the message out that easy-to-use tools are available now and can be used today to give consumers full access to their health information to use it anywhere, anytime they need it.”
For more information on how Blue Button-enabled applications can help provide access to health information, visit www.nate-trust.org/bluebutton. To learn more about Blue Button, visit http://www.healthit.gov/patients-families/your-health-data.
‘Blue Button, the slogan, ‘Download My Data,’ the Blue Button Logo, and the Blue Button Combined Logo are registered service marks owned by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Participation by NATE does not imply endorsement by HHS or the U.S. Government’
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About National Association for Trusted Exchange
The National Association for Trusted Exchange (NATE) brings the expertise of its membership and other stakeholders together to find common solutions that optimize the appropriate exchange of health information for greater gains in adoption and outcomes. Emerging from the Western States Consortium, a pilot project supported by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), NATE was established as a not-for-profit organization in May 2013. Consistent with NATE’s mission to address the legal, policy, and technical barriers that inhibit health information exchange between entities within a state and across states, NATE leads and participates in a number of ongoing and emerging projects in the HIE domain. NATE has been operating its own Trust Bundles in production since November 2012 and recently took over administration of the Blue Button Consumer Trust Bundles. Working with a broad set of stakeholders through multiple task forces, crowdsourcing and a call for public comment, NATE is proud to make available the first release of NATE’s Blue Button for Consumers (NBB4C) Trust Bundle beginning in 2015. NATE will soon move into a new phase of development around Blue Button Trust Bundles. Stakeholders interested in participating in the next phase of NATE’s work in consumer mediated exchange should consider NATE membership or subscribe to news from NATE’s PHR Community.
About Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services (MiHIN)
MiHIN is dedicated to improving the health care experience, improving quality and decreasing cost for Michigan’s people by supporting the statewide exchange of health information and making valuable data available at the point of care. MiHIN is a public and private nonprofit collaboration between the State of Michigan, the Office of the National Coordinator, sub-state Health Information Exchanges, insurers, payers, providers and patients. For more information please visit www.mihin.org.
For more information contact:
National Association for Trusted Exchange
Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services (MiHIN)