Give the ONC some credit. At a toxic political time for health care and presidential candidates, the national HIT powers that be are using what capital they can to keep things moving – for the benefit of patients.
Tomorrow at 4 p.m. eastern time, the Standards & Interoperability Framework folks need your help to build some momentum behind new use cases and standards for the Blue Button. The idea is to crowdsource concepts for automated health information exchange as laid out earlier this year by ONC interoperability czar Doug Fridsma, MD.
The group, run by HHS “innovator in residence” Pierce Graham-Jones, aims to create blueprints for providers for HIPAA-compliant channels enabling patients to download their most recent health data sets and pass them on the providers when they need to – in one click. Like all U.S. veterans can already.
Our peer and pal Brian Ahier attended a White House Summit earlier this year convened by U.S. CTO Todd Park, where many public and private HIT thought leaders brainstormed ideas for spreading the Blue Button to the civilian health care arena. He offers a lot more specifics on tomorrow’s Web meeting on his blog. The recently hatched movement already has one big-time backer: Federal HIT coordinator Farzad Mostashari, MD, thinks this idea — dubbed “blue button on steroids” by Ahier – potentially represents a big step forward in health data exchange and interoperability.
The best part is that it’s an initiative that directly impacts patients, empowering them to improve their own health care. The second-best part? It doesn’t cost millions or billions to develop because ONC’s going the crowdsourcing route. So if you’ve got half a brain and some HIT knowledge, contributing to this group will not put you in at risk of political crossfire as the candidates ratchet up their rhetoric the closer November looms. How can you lose by participating? Sign up for the Web meeting here.