Markle Foundation Releases Blue Button Video to Show Promise and Potential of Consumers Access to their Own Health Information

To help consumers, providers, insurers and other health data holders see how providing the ability for people to download their health records can improve health and health care, the Markle Foundation today released a new video showing the power of blue button technology.

Video: Blue Button to Download Your Health Information

Watch three veterans explain how the VA's Blue Button helps them get safer and better care.

Overwhelming Agreement on Health IT Priorities to Improve Patient Care

Public investments in health IT should come with accountability and privacy protections, and lead to improved health.

Patients Should Be Able to View and Download Their Health Info

The public and physicians agree that patients should have online tools to view, download, and share their health information.

Demographics of Public and Doctors Surveyed

The results are drawn from a general population survey of 1,582 adults and a survey of 779 physicians conducted by Knowledge Networks between August 10 and 26, 2010.

The Public and Doctors Surveyed Use Social Media in Comparable Proportions

Patient and doctor use of social media, both separately and together, is an area that requires much more study.

Roughly Half of Doctors Say Pay Reform is Important

Majorities of the public and doctors surveyed say current payment is based on volume and view payment reform as an important step to improving health care.

The Public and Physicians Largely Unfamiliar with Details of Health IT Incentives Program

There are high levels of public and physician agreement on what the priorities should be for the health IT investments, but low levels of familiarity with the actual program elements.

Public, Doctors Agree on Importance of Specific Privacy Protections

Both groups view privacy and security protections as important requirements for them to support health IT efforts.

70 Percent of Public Says Patients Should Get Summaries After Doctor Visits

A majority of the public says that patients should get after-visit summaries; more than a third of doctors agree.