The patients need and want their health data. Not a new theme, not a new demand. Humetrix' iBlueButton is helping link patients to their medical data via BlueButton, Direct Project and Consolidated CDA. Great insight here on the challenges of working with each standard.
"Consumer-mediated exchange of health information through accessing and sharing of Blue Button records will become as important – or even more important – than query-based exchange through HIEs by providers, or use of Direct for Provider to Provider “push” type data exchange. The reason is simple: consumer-mediated exchange based on ubiquitous mobile devices to access and share medical information can scale in a way that HIEs and provider-provider exchange will not be able to match at the national health care system-wide level, and patients and their caregivers are getting more and more involved in managing their own healthcare in large part because of the ever growing cost of healthcare."