'Blue Button' Key Part of Setting Up VA's Virtual Lifetime Health Record

The recently installed "blue button" on the Department of Veterans Affairs' MyHealtheVet portal is the first example of the range of access veterans can expect to have when VA launches the virtual lifetime electronic record, VA Chief Technology Officer Peter Levin said, Government Health IT reports.

The VLER is a collaborative effort between VA and the Department of Defense to track the health, benefits and administrative records of military service members from enlistment throughout their career.

From the MyHealtheVet site, veterans can use the blue button to download:

  • Demographic information;
  • Emergency contacts;
  • Lists of prescription medication; and
  • Wellness reminders.

The data can be stored in personal health records that can be shared with health care providers inside and outside of VA.

According to Levin, the blue button also can help health care providers meet requirements for the "meaningful use" of electronic health records (Mosquera, Government Health IT, 9/13).

The blue button program for veterans was launched during the first week of September (iHealthBeat, 9/7).

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