Monday, June 03, 2013

Blue Button CoDesign Challenge

Pat @Docweighsin Salber informs us of a crowdsourcing approach to designing medical information systems.  The folks at Health Tech Hatch, who are working with Rebecca Mitchell Coelius and Adam Wong at the Division of Science and Innovation in the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, ask:

Blue Button is a symbol for easy, online access to your own health information, including clinical and financial data. What tools and applications do you need to make sense of the data and take care of yourself and your family? Tell us and vote on other ideas through June 11th! Over the summer developers across the country will build the most popular submissions and then in August you will choose the winner.

This is a lovely and innovative idea.  Anyone can participate. As of the moment I am writing this, the most popular idea is:

Please help my wife...

Manage our children's immunizations! As any mother knows managing immunizations for children can be a huge hassle. Not only is it a hassle, but there there are well documented dangers of not getting the proper immunizations at the right time and being over immunized (not to mention the costs on the latter). We have 3 children under 6 and a fourth one on the way. I have literally taken phone calls from my wife crying, frustrated that she had to take all three kids to the doctor's office and wait an hour to get a nurse print the immunization records so that we can take a trip or enroll them in school. All states have an immunization registry that is funded by the CDC. We also have a HealthVault account for all of our kids. Can someone please build a HealthVault app to leverage BlueButton+ to aggregate and allow us to manage our kids immunizations? An added plus would be the ability to easily share (print, email, fax?) the records to the school or other necessary recipient!


C. Michael Gibson said...

Please see where we crowdsource medical education.

Paul Levy said...


Anonymous said...

One of the practical things Kentucky did when I lived in that state was to have the regional state health department office provide immunizations and track them. So there was one supplier and one record-keeper for all vaccinations.