Accessible Health IT

Health IT includes such electronic health information systems as those used by Medicare, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the military’s TriCare, health insurers, hospitals and clinics, and individual and group healthcare providers. It also includes thousands of web-based and mobile device apps and related servers and databases used by healthcare providers, patients, and Health IT systems.

Accessible Federal Health IT Systems

traffic_lightCheck out federal Health IT. To learn more about the major federal Health IT systems and services accessible online, visit those relevant to you:




Accessible Private Sector Health IT Systems [a few examples]

BlueCross BlueShield

March 2010. BlueCross BlueShield Association announced that 35 Blues plans, as well as the Blues’ Federal Employee Program (FEP), were offering or planned to offer PHRs. More


September 2011. Aetna announced that its members can more easily get timely electronic access to their health information, and securely share that information with their providers, caregivers, or family members. More


September 2012. UnitedHealthcare has launched its Blue Button, implementing a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services program that enables millions of plan participants to access and print their personal health records with the simple click of a blue button. More

Kaiser Permanente

August 2012. Four million members of Kaiser Permanente–63 percent–take advantage of the provider’s personal health record (PHR) system to access their electronic health records and manage their health electronically.  MyHealth Manager TourHealth IT Innovation at KP – More

More Private Sector Support for PHR

Quotes from other organizations in support of PHRs

traffic_lightCheck Out Your Insurance Provider. Now, find out to what extend your insurance provider offers you access to your health information and a PHR. Substituting your provider’s name for <provier name>, below; e.g., “BlueCross Blue Shield PHR”,

  • Search for: <provider name> PHR
  • Search for: <provider name> Blue Button
  • Bookmark links to information you find about your health information and PHR  from your insurance provider.

Later you will use these links to access and download your health information to which your insurance provider gives you access using Blue Button.


more to come, soon…

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