The iBlueButton experience – Part II

In terms of usability and simplicity, the iBlueButton is a far cry from its crude predecessors. The information gathered from the conventional Blue Button application is cumbersome to process and often confusing. Therefore, this limited the effectiveness of Blue Button and subsequently proved as a hindrance towards the adoption of this new feature in health IT. Complicated numbers and digits instead of simplistic information put a cap on the true potential on the idea behind the inception of Blue Button. However, through the iBlueButton app the feature is easy to both access and to employ for all. Using the iBlueButton on a mobile device is a totally different experience than that of the traditional Blue Button.

With respect to the resourcefulness of the mobile app Dr Mostashari added, “When I saw my Dad’s information it changed everything. Because for the first time, you hit the provider button, it brings back a list of all his doctors, and their phone numbers and their addresses. I never had that before. Now I can see his medications, diagnoses, ER visits, outpatient visits, procedures, images and labs.”

According to Bettina Expert on, CEO of Humetrix, the iBlueButton is not merely a physician or physician app. It is a mobile communications instrument which links one side of the healthcare equation with the other. Moreover, the iBlueButton grants real-time access to various healthcare resources such as a patient’s essential medical information. With an air of authority Expert on proclaims, “iBlueButton is the mobile embodiment of Blue Button”.  Expert on who is a professor of medicine at the University of California and is invited regularly to the counseling panel on healthcare in the White House also assisted in manufacturing the EHR smart card for the French national health system. As the Apple based application gains traction with the public, Expert on has unveiled that an Android based version of the iBlueButton will be available later this month as well. Additionally, several commercial health plans are going on board with employing Blue Button. This bodes well for Humetrix and the healthcare industry alike.

The amount of information accessible to patients while they are on the go will undoubtedly transform conventional healthcare practices. Instead of calling up various entities, scheduling appointments and waiting in line, one may simply view everything they require on a screen in their pocket while sitting in the comfort of their homes. This rapid access to health information will prove detrimental, especially in emergency situations where every second could be the difference between life and death.  Having the ability to obtain and share medical records at any point of care is the main differentiation from traditional EMRs. The level of convenience to the patients themselves enables them to be more informed and proactive towards personal care as well. Innovation in health IT is finally catching up with our daily lives and providing avenues for continuous improvement in care delivery. Such advances in technology will without question shape the future of healthcare as we know it.

 

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