Humetrix Upgrades iBlueButton App to Support Caregivers;
Demos New Features at mHealth Summit Booth 1407
Version 5.0 of award-winning app will allow caregivers to manage multiple individual accounts and receive updates to their medical records – all from their mobile devices
mHealth Summit, National Harbor, Md., December 9, 2013 - Humetrix will today preview version 5.0 of its signature iBlueButton app, enhanced with “caregiver” features that allow anyone to view, download and share with doctors their own medical records, as well as those of loved ones, all via their smartphone or tablet. Until now, there has been no easy way for consumers, many managing care for themselves as well as other family members, to easily manage multiple individual health records on their mobile devices. New enhancements to iBlueButton 5.0 are designed to support caregivers with new features that allow them to: manage multiple health records for themselves and family members; access records from more than one device; and generate a Direct Address so that doctors using EMRs certified for health information exchange using the Direct transport protocol can send their patients updates to medical records directly to their device of choice.
Humetrix is exhibiting this week at the mHealth Summit in booth #1407 and will be demonstrating iBlueButton 5.0’s new features. iBlueButton 5.0 will be available for download from iTunes and Google Play in January 2014.
“Today, many of us find ourselves managing not only our own care, but also that of our parents, children or other loved ones,” said Dr. Bettina Experton, Humetrix’s CEO. “With the ability to now manage multiple individual records, iBlueButton 5.0 gives caregivers a powerful new tool to help them better manage their families’ health, right in the palm of their hands. With some sources estimating that there are 200,000 preventable deaths in the U.S. each year, many occurring as a result of incomplete medical information, the ability to consult and share data at the point of care can be a life saving and often cost saving tool and puts the patient – and their caregivers – in control.”
With iBlueButton, patients and their caregivers can download their health records to their smartphone or tablet, consult it during a doctor’s appointment, and share the contents with the doctor they are seeing. This ensures that everyone – doctor and patient – are working with a complete view of the patient’s health history, empowers the patient, and reduces the risk of mistakes caused by having an incomplete picture of the medical history.
Pricing and Availability
iBlueButton is available for download from iTunes and Google Play and the first download of any Blue Button health record is free. Subsequent Blue Button record downloads are priced as follows: five downloads - $1.99; 25 downloads - $7.99. Users receive download credits each time they share/push a downloaded record to a provider’s iBlueButton Professional iPad app, which is priced at $49.99 for doctors and hospitals. My HealtheVet Blue Button record downloads are free of charge in support of our Veterans. iBlueButton version 5.0 will be available for download in January 2014.
About Blue Button
Blue Button is the name – and symbol –- for a national movement to significantly improve our healthcare system, by putting patients in control of their medical records. Wherever you see the Blue Button symbol online, you can download or automatically receive updates in your health records on your computer or mobile app – so when you are meeting with any doctor, you have your own medical history, prescriptions, lab results, etc. at your fingertips.
More and more doctors, hospitals and healthcare systems are coming online with Blue Button every day – the federal government has required physicians and hospitals to provide Blue Button records to their patients starting in January 2014. So far, Blue Button has been adopted by over 500 public and private healthcare organizations to give Americans easy access to their online health records.
iBlueButton is an industry response to the federal Blue Button initiative to make electronic medical records available to everyone by leveraging technology to improve patient-provider exchange of information and quality of care. Blue Button is already available to 100 million patients. The iBlueButton app lets consumer download their Blue Button health records from Medicare, insurance plans and EMR patient portals, and other vital medical records such as x-ray images, directly to their Android or iOS smartphone. They can also share them with their doctor via a voluntary “push” of those records from their own device to their healthcare provider’s iPad.
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