Consumers are requesting their medical records and providers want to share them but there is often a workflow disconnect between the two. The NATE Blue Button Directory (NBBD) is a simple enabling infrastructure that can alleviate this problem. The NBBD allows patients to discover how best to submit their request for health information and establishes a secure end-point for the HIPAA-covered entity’s staff responsible for managing these requests. Simple registration of a HIPAA covered entity in a FHIR-based directory and provisioning of a Direct address enables bi-directional exchange with all of the consumer-controlled apps recognized by NATE’s NBB4C trust community.
The flagship NATE Blue Button for Consumers (NBB4C) Trust Bundle facilitates secure exchange of health information from provider-controlled applications to consumer-controlled applications such as personal health records (PHRs) using Direct secure messaging protocols.