Stephen J. Downs, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, discusses the progress and potential that the blue button has made in the past year since its development. Downs encourages consumers to raise awareness of the blue button to help the concept turn into a widespread movement.
“It’s clear that we’re in the middle of a health care quality revolution. But to improve outcomes on a broad scale, we need to empower individuals to become active participants in their care. Download capabilities like blue button can help do that, which is why we at RWJF are continuing to encourage their spread. Today, I am excited to announce the launch of bluebuttondata.org, a web site that is a one-stop-shop for anyone (individuals, providers, insurers, health care organizations, patient groups, mobile app/software developers) who is interested in finding out how they can join the revolution.”