ONC Contest Seeks Designers With A Flair For Blue Button

Mary Mosquera | Government Health IT | October 22, 2012

The Blue Button feature for patients to download and use their health information is a capability that is becoming available outside of federal health systems, and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT wants developers to help improve the design to make the medical record more usable and meaningful to patients and their caregivers.

ONC has initiated a challenge to improve the layout and style of the plain text Blue Button file and enrich it with visuals, according to an announcement in the Oct. 22 Federal Register. The focus is on the content defined in the Continuity of Care Document (CCD), a common template used with electronic health record (EHR) software to describe a patient’s health history...