In 2010 the Obama administration introduced the “MyBlueButton” initiative to allow military personnel to download their health information from MyHealtheVet in an easy to read digital format. You can save the file in a PDF format which allows you to share the information with your healthcare provider or some popular computer programs.
What information can I get from the Blue Button?
MyHealtheVet allows you to store information around the following:
- Demographic Information
- Emergency Contact Information
- Health Care Providers
- Health Insurance
- Treatment Facilities
- Medical Conditions and Personal Medical History
- Medications, Herbals, and Supplements
- Allergies and Adverse Reactions
- Lab and Test Results
- Vitals and Readings
- Family Health History (Self and Relatives)
- Military Health History
- Health Data (blood sugar, blood pressure, weight, etc.)
- Other health-related information the Veteran feels a doctor or hospital might need to know
Where can I find official information on how to use the blue button?
The VA website answers key questions like how I can get an in-person authenticated MyHealtheVet account and if the information is stored safely.
What websites use the blue button data?
The VA maintains a list of sites that currently use the blue button data. One of the more popular sites is Linkedin.com! Check out the full list here.