A Health Information Exchange (HIE) is a way of sharing health information with other participating health care providers through a secure, electronic means so health care providers have the benefit of the most current available information about your medical history. HIEs provide faster and more complete access to your information to allow our providers to make informed decisions about your care.
Regional One Health participates in a HIE to make patient information available electronically to other participating hospitals, doctors, and participants. By participating, we can also receive information about you from other non-Regional One Health providers participating in an exchange.
What is electronic HIE?
Electronic HIE allows your participating health care providers from different health care delivery organizations to appropriately access and securely share your health care information. Using HIE, health care information can follow you whenever and wherever it is needed. HIE makes it possible for the various providers involved in your care to gain access to the same information.
How secure is HIE?
HIE protects the privacy and security of your health care information by following the rules set in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996. The HIPAA Privacy Rule provides federal protections for individually identifiable health information and gives patients’ rights about that information. The Privacy Rule permits the sharing of health information for patient care and other important purposes. The Security Rule lists administrative, physical, and technical safeguards that must be used to protect the privacy and security of your health care information.
What are the benefits of HIE?
Access to your medical history is very important to the health care providers caring for you. Using HIE, your health care providers have a more complete view of your health record. This allows you and your health care team to make informed decisions about your health. Through the HIE, your health care providers can share information on your prescriptions and medications, allergies, illnesses, laboratory and radiology results, immunizations, procedures, and clinical notes.
What does it mean to Opt-Out?
Participation is voluntary. If you choose to opt-out, Regional One Health will not be allowed to electronically share or receive your health care information through the HIE for any reason, even in case of an emergency where you may be unconscious. Your provider may not have the necessary information to save your life.
What does it mean to Opt Back In?
A patient can request to opt back in at any time. When you opt back in, you allow your health care providers access to important health care information about you when you visit a medical facility connected with the HIE and participating with Regional One Health.
While participation in the HIE is strictly voluntary, for the convenience of our patients, Regional One Health automatically opts-in all patients to make their health information available for patient care purposes at external entities. Should you decide you do not want to participate, you may opt-out by:
- Informing the person registering you at the time of service;
- Contact the Regional One Health Privacy Office at 901-545-6554 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Your choice to opt-out of the health information exchange will not affect your ability to access medical care. Opting-out will not prevent your caregivers from sharing your health information with authorized entities when necessary for public health or research purposes that are permitted or required by state and federal law. Please refer to our Notice of Privacy Practices for more information.
Opt Back In
If you opt back in your healthcare provider and other participants will once more be able to access information about your healthcare, including information created before your opt-back-in date. You may choose to opt back in at any time by contacting our Privacy Office using the contact information above.