Patient Consent for Electronic Health Information Exchange – Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology

Posted on September 19, 2013. Filed under: Health Informatics, Medical Records, Patient Participation | Tags: , , |

Patient Consent for Electronic Health Information Exchange – Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology

“Electronic health information exchange (eHIE) — the way that health care providers share and access health information using their computers — is changing rapidly. One way some providers share and access information is through a third-party organization called a health information exchange organization (HIE).

HIEs help route information among various participating providers. In some HIEs, a provider can send out an electronic broadcast query that asks all provider participants whether they have information on a specific patient.

As eHIE increases, patient trust in HIEs must be ensured and patients may more often be asked to make a “consent decision.” This consent decision concerns the sharing and accessing of the patient’s health information through an HIE for treatment, payment, and health care operations purposes. When patients are asked to make consent decisions, we encourage providers, HIEs, and other health IT implementers to help patients make the consent decision meaningful.

Implementers can enable meaningful consent by ensuring they consider the key parts displayed in the image to the right.”

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