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Blue Button Initiative Survey Results

March 13, 2015

In its advisory role under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) periodically brings to the attention of the Department of Health and Human Services issues related to healthcare information exchange that it believes merit review and consideration.

In 2013, WEDI conducted its first survey on industry awareness and adoption regarding the usage of the “Blue Button” implementation guide for exporting patient healthcare records. In 2014, WEDI re- surveyed the industry to determine adoption since that time. "Blue Button" is a way for patients to get easy, secure online access to their health information.

The survey was opened October 31, 2014 with 274 providers, health plans, vendors and clearinghouses participating online before it was closed December 8, 2014.

Below are some key observations from the 2014 survey in comparison with 2013 findings.

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