Jennifer Dennard has been doing a series of blog posts detailing her “Blue Button Patient Journey.” It’s a really insightful look from the patients viewpoint about how Blue Button and patient engagement with their medical records is doing.
My gut reaction when I read that post by Jennifer was that is all felt way too complex with so little value to the patient. Which of course led me to the conclusion that patients aren’t going to do this.
If patients don’t care about Blue Button, is there any reason we should believe that hospitals are going to care about Blue Button? I think we all know the answer to that question.
It would be interesting to go around the hospital and ask people what they thought of Blue Button. I have a feeling hospital employees answers would be more like a Jay Leno “Jaywalking” video than an deep explanation of Blue Button.
Of course, I’m sure that hospitals will be adopting Blue Button more and more. However, most of the people in the hospital won’t know that it’s happening. They’ll just be Blue Button enabled by default when they implement their EHR’s patient portal. Maybe that’s not such a bad thing.
Think about how beautiful it will be to have all of your healthcare data Blue Button enabled. It could open up some really interesting possibilities. In fact, if those in the hospital knew about the data being available through Blue Button they might try and stop it from happening. Freeing healthcare data is a good thing and Blue Button is one step towards freeing the data.
Once those in the hospital realize the health data has been available to patients through blue button all along, then they’ll realize that giving patients their health data won’t cause the universe to implode. Hopefully by then we’ll have some really great applications doing beautiful things with all that blue button data.