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Blue Button Initiative

On August 2, 2010 President Obama announced the “Blue Button®” capability that allows Veterans to download their personal health information from their My HealtheVet account.

VA developed the Blue Button in collaboration with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and the Department of Defense, along with the Markle Foundation's Consumer Engagement Workgroup. VA's Blue Button became operational at the end of August and the initiative was made nationally available in October 2010.

My HealtheVet and the VA Blue Button

My  HealtheVet allows Veterans to self-enter their personal health indicators (blood pressure, weight, heart rate), emergency contact information, test results, family health history, military health history, and other health related information. My HealtheVet users who receive VA health care services can also refill their prescriptions and view their appointments, allergies, and laboratory results online.

The Blue Button feature allows Veterans to access and download their information into a very simple text file (or an enhanced PDF) that can be read, printed, or saved on any computer.  The download can include all their data (see sample files: all data), or be broken out by data class, or by date range.  Blue Button gives Veterans complete control of this information – without any special software – and enables Veterans to share this data with their health care providers, caregivers, or people they trust.
Data elements currently available for download include:

• Demographic Information
• Emergency Contact Information
• Health Care Providers
• Health Insurance
• Treatment Facilities
• Medical Conditions and Personal Medical History
• Medications, Herbals, and Supplements
• Allergies and Adverse Reactions
• Lab and Test Results
• Immunizations
• Vitals and Readings
• Family Health History (Self and Relatives)
• Military Health History
• Health Data (blood sugar, blood pressure, weight, etc.)
• Other health-related information the Veteran feels a doctor or hospital might need to know

Veterans who are receiving medications from VA can download their VA medication history. 

VA patients who have authenticated their identity in person may upgrade their My HealtheVet account privileges, which will include data from their VA Electronic Health Record including:

• VA Wellness Reminders
• VA Appointments
• VA Allergies and Adverse Reactions
• VA Chemistry and Hematology Laboratory Results

Use Blue Button in More Ways

Industry is building applications to help Veterans use their Blue Button file to better manage their health. The following companies have created applications that use Blue Button (DISCLAIMER: VA does not endorse these products or companies):

If your organization has created an application for Blue Button and would like to be added to this list, email us at [email protected]

For more exciting news on Blue Button, visit the White House blog post, the White House Innovations Gallery, or the CMS Blue Button website.

For questions about VA's Blue Button, please email [email protected]

Note:  The name “Blue Button,” the Blue Button logo and the slogan “Download My Data” are registered Service Marks of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, an agency of the United States Government.  All Rights Reserved. VA will grant a royalty-free non-exclusive license to use the Blue Button Marks to software developers and end users on request. To obtain a license, please click on the “License the Blue Button®”  link on the left navigation menu on this page.

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