At the time of registration, you will be informed about our use of electronic health information exchange (HIE), an internet-based health information exchange.
Health care providers and health insurers from across the country and the world may share and use your information, as permitted by law.
Participating health care providers and health insurers can see certain health, demographic and payment information (your “health information”) in each other’s records.
For example, using the HIE:
- Your doctors can quickly find health information about you, such as your lab and x-ray results, from other participating providers who have treated you in the past.
- Your doctor, hospital or pharmacy can quickly verify your insurance coverage.
- Your participating health insurer can electronically obtain health information needed to process your claim.
Can I choose not to participate in HIEs?
Yes. Participation is voluntary. Patients concerned about sharing their health information in this way can choose to "opt out."
If you opt out, your health information will not be available for sharing through HIEs, with these exceptions.
- Your name, address, gender and date of birth will be available through the HIE.
- Your opt-out status will also be available.
- Your doctors may be able to see your health information in their electronic medical records.
Your decision to opt out of the HIE will not affect your ability to receive health care. Participating in the HIE is not a condition to receiving care.
If you opt out, it may affect what information your provider has available when providing your care. Your decision to opt out of the HIE applies only to sharing your information through the HIE. It does not affect other ways of sharing health information between your providers or health insurers. If you opt out, your decision applies only to our sharing your information through HIE and does not prevent us from requesting your health information from other health care institutions where you have previously received care.
How can I opt out?
You may opt out by informing the registration staff or your health care provider.
Learn more about the HIE.