Health Information Exchange
What is a Health Information Exchange?
It’s not uncommon that the patients we treat receive medical care from many different healthcare providers, not all of whom are affiliated with PVHMC. Allowing our patients’ healthcare providers electronic access to medical information can reduce the risk of unnecessary or duplicate services, prevent delays in treatment, and improve the overall quality of the care for our patients.
A Health Information Exchange (HIE) is a way to share our patients' medical information electronically between all healthcare providers participating in the exchange. Authorized healthcare providers participating in the exchange may supply a patient’s medical information, or receive information about a specific patient.
Which HIEs does PVHMC participate in and who has access to these exchanges?
PVHMC is just beginning to participate in HIEs, but this participation is expanding. Currently, healthcare providers not affiliated with PVHMC can get electronic access to the PVHMC medical record of their patients (with the patient’s permission where appropriate). Authorized healthcare providers are being added regularly to HIEs in which PVHMC participates to better serve our patients.
What Information is available in HIEs?
Generally, most of the information in PVHMC’s electronic medical record is available to authorized healthcare providers (and their staff) who certify to PVHMC that they are involved in that patient’s care. For some healthcare providers, such as hospitals, only care summary documents are available. These documents include basic information like patient’s diagnoses, medications, allergies, lab tests and visit summaries.
How will my information be used by HIE healthcare providers
Medical information obtained by authorized healthcare providers through an HIE may only be used for purposes of providing treatment, obtaining payment, or to perform business operations and other activities allowed or required by law. The PVHMC Notice of Privacy Practices explains in detail the purposes for which a patient's medical information can be used and shared by PVHMC and the patient's rights regarding this information. Each healthcare provider participating in the exchange is required to have their own Notice of Privacy Practices.
How secure are HIEs?
All healthcare providers are required by law to protect the privacy of medical information. Special security features seek to keep patients’ information secure and prevent medical information from being seen by anyone who should not have access. For example, data transfers between healthcare providers are encrypted so that patients’ medical information cannot be accessed by anyone without the de-encryption key. If improper access does occur through an HIE, the law requires that the patient be notified.
Who do I contact for more information?
If you have additional questions about PVHMC’s HIE activities please contact us online at MYHEALTH@pvhmc.org or call (909) 865-9995.
What HIEs does PVHMC participate in?
Today PVHMC participates in the following HIE arrangements:
• MYHEALTH@pvhmc.org — this exchange is managed by PVHMC. It gives authorized healthcare providers and hospitals (and their staff) not affiliated with PVHMC access, with the patient's permission, to information from the patient's PVHMC medical record. Some authorized healthcare providers have direct electronic access to the PVHMC medical record of a patient while other healthcare providers depending upon the electronic medical record system they have may only obtain a care summary document describing a patient’s care.
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• Inland Empire Health Information Exchange (IEHIE) — this regional health information exchange is managed by Orion Health. It gives authorized healthcare providers (and their staff) who participate in the exchange electronic access to a patient’s medical information. PVHMC and other authorized healthcare providers supply information to the exchange and are able to access information that is in the exchange. This exchange is designed to reduce unnecessary or duplicate services, and to facilitate your care by allowing other care providers involved in your care the ability to see previous treatment and tests.
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• CAIR – the California Immunization Registry is a secure, confidential, statewide computerized immunization information system for California residents. An immunization registry is a secure web-based database that can store your (and your children’s) immunization records. A registry helps medical practices keep their patients vaccinated on time, avoiding under or over immunization and can help get information to your child’s school regarding what immunizations have been given.
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• Medication History – medication history provides access to your current and past prescription history transactions from participating pharmacies and pharmacy benefit managers, which helps to better inform health care providers about potential medication issues for your safety and quality of care.
As PVHMC’s participation in other exchanges expands, we’ll update this information. Check back for updates.