VA makes Blue Button improvements

The Department of Veterans Affairs released an enhanced version of the Blue Button, adding new categories of information from the VA Electronic Health Record.

“We are excited to introduce these new features of VA Blue Button, advancing the quality health care we give Veterans daily. The paradigm of patient-centered care means fully engaging patients in their health and care,” said Undersecretary for Health Robert Petzel. “Enabling patients to have better access to their health information is an important step in supporting them as active partners.”

According to the agency, veterans now have access to the VA’s Continuity of Care Document, which contains a summary of essential health and medical care information.

Veterans can also access VA Open Notes, which opens clinical notes that allow them to read their health care team’s notes from appointments and hospital stays.

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