Donna M. Zulman, MD, MS; Kim M. Nazi, MA; Steven M. Asch, MD, MPH; Todd H. Wagner, PhD
Donna M. Zulman, MD, MS
Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Kim M. Nazi, MA
Veterans and Consumers Health Informatics Office
Albany, NY 12208
Steven M. Asch, MD, MPH
Todd H. Wagner, PhD
Potential Conflicts of Interest: Disclosures can be viewed at www.acponline.org/authors/icmje/ConflictOfInterestForms.do?msNum=M11-1221.
Zulman DM, Nazi KM, Asch SM, Wagner TH. Access to the Medical Record. Ann Intern Med. 2012;156:668. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-156-9-201205010-00016
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2012;156(9):668.
TO THE EDITOR:
In their editorial (1) on our article (2), Feeley and Shine pose questions to consider as health systems enable patients to access and share their electronic health records. The issues that they raise are relevant and timely, and data emerging from the Veterans Affairs (VA) health care system provide some initial answers.
Patients in the VA health system are embracing opportunities to take ownership of their medical records. In August 2010, President Obama announced the creation of a new “Blue Button” feature on the VA's personal health record, My HealtheVet (3). The Blue Button enables patients to easily download their health information and share it with providers and caregivers.
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