June 27 2013
Cerner supports Blue Button + to engage individuals for better health
As health care in the United States continues to digitize,
we’re seeing a shift in the way people perceive their role in their own health
and care. Accurate information about diseases and conditions are available at
the click of a mouse (or the tap of a touchscreen), while people, as paper
charts increasingly become a relic of a bygone era, have the ability to access
information about their own care. But, work remains to enable different aspects
of a person’s engagement.
It’s with that in mind that I’m pleased to say that Cerner
is announcing its support of and participation in Blue Button + (formerly known as the Automate Blue Button Plus Initiative
or ABBI), a voluntary group of personal health service providers that are
working together to accelerate patient engagement in support of better health.
What does this mean?
Well, in support of people’s desire to control and manage their own health
information, regardless of the source, Cerner clients can now leverage Cerner
Direct to facilitate secure delivery
of information to any personal health record participating in Blue Button +.
This includes sending automated reminders to persons within communities
managing specific health conditions or age/gender-specific check-ups. Cerner
Direct also enables the secure delivery of summary of care and instructions
to individuals following a health care visit.
As you may have
guessed, Cerner Direct utilizes national Direct standards, ensuring the
widest opportunity for secure communication across different service providers.
Our support for the Direct Project has been well-documented (if you’re curious
to learn more about the Direct Project, check out my colleague Greg Meyer’s excellent post series – Greg is one of the major code contributors
to the Direct Project). Cerner was the first, and among a growing list of
companies in the industry, to obtain full accreditation from the Direct Trusted
Agent Accreditation Program (DTAAP) offered in partnership by DirectTrust and
the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC), further
highlighting our commitment to uphold industry-established best practices for
privacy and security, and fostering confidence for continued innovation around
broad use of these national Direct standards.
The primary goal we
have for our clients is to help create a trusted, reliable group of
participants with which to securely exchange health care information using
Direct protocols over the open internet, helping them reduce their liabilities
by creating an efficient, secure method of communication based on best
practices. Without a consistent industry ‘measuring stick’ like DTAAP, senders
of information have no other way to evaluate whether recipients and their
respective technologies are holding themselves accountable to these same privacy
and security standards.
is yet another example of how we’re building useful and practical functions on
top of a growing national network infrastructure capable of supporting simple
and secure electronic health information exchange. It’s another step towards
replacing the cumbersome fax, phone and paper methods occurring today, with the
bonus of supporting the upcoming Stage 2 Meaningful Use obligations facing our
Andy is a
director at Cerner focused on the area of interoperability. He’s responsible
for the strategy and use of the Cerner Direct HISP solution and remains
actively engaged in developing best practices and standards for
interoperability across the health care industry. Andy is a founding and active Board member of
DirectTrust and has previously served as their Chair of the Security &
Trust Compliance Workgroup.