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Consumer Health IT

Engaging Consumers

Many consumers want to play a more active role in their healthcare. Listed below are resources to help you navigate the many resources available.

New Consumer Video

Watch this new animated video -- Health IT 4 U Animated Video

What is the Blue Button?

ONC has engaged in a Blue Button Pledge Community that involves public and private sectors and non-profits organizations to promise to empower individuals to become partners in their health through the new program "Blue Button." For more information on the Blue Button!

Link to Join the Blue Button Pledge Community

Do you know your rights?

To make sure consumers know their rights, the Office of Civil Rights has developed videos, pamphlets, answers to questions and other guidance to help understand your rights under HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act).

The Right to Access and Correct Your Health Information Video

Your Health Information Privacy Rights Pamphlet

Information about your rights to get your medical record

Remember that consumers have the right to --

(1) Ask to see and get a copy of their health records from most doctors, hospitals, and other health care providers such as pharmacies and nursing homes as well as from your health plan

(2) Get the copy of their record in an electronic copy or paper copy format depending if the plan or provider is able to do so.

Benefits of Health IT

From the Office of the National Coordinator -- Over the past 20 years, our nation has undergone a major transformation due to information technology (IT). Today, we have at our fingertips access to a variety of information and services to help us manage our relationships with the organizations that are part of our lives: banks, utilities, Government offices -— even entertainment companies. Learn more!

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