Sharing patient clinical information is not new. Before HIE, health care providers and health plans exchanged information directly by hand, fax, telephone or e-mail. These methods are more expensive, time consuming and not secure. In other words, communication was at the center, not YOU as the patient.
Most health care providers are now using electronic health records (EHR). However, when you go from one provider to another (i.e. Primary Care Physician referral to a Specialist), these EHRs are not linked. HIE allows these providers to share information, essentially allowing their EHRs to “talk to one another.” Communication is much more efficient this way so your doctor can put YOU at the center.
Moving Toward the Future
For more information about participation in the HIE, contact your Alliance health care provider. Click here for a list of Tiger Institute Health Alliance members.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Tiger Institute Health Alliance?
The Tiger Institute Health Alliance, a division of the Tiger Institute for Health Innovation, is a coalition of health care organizations dedicated to improving the efficiency and quality of care delivery, while positively impacting the health and care of their communities and beyond. The major goals of member partnership are to provide access to new health innovations, leverage the most advanced health information technology, and provide opportunities for collaboration with forward-thinking peers who are also working toward a healthier Missouri.
What is an electronic health record?
Your electronic health record (EHR) is an electronic version of your health information that is maintained by your doctors. Your health record may include a collection of your past doctor visits, treatments received, test results and medications.
Accurate, real-time health records are a vital part of receiving the best care possible. Right now, your health record information may be spread across multiple doctors and hospitals that you have visited in the past. For your health care providers to make the most effective decisions on your care, your providers need to be able to see information about you such as your conditions, test results, treatments and the medications you may be taking.
What is health information exchange?
Health information exchange (HIE) is an electronic, patient-centered approach that assists with the transfer and sharing of health related information between physicians, hospitals, and other health care providers at the time it is needed to help them make clinical decisions. An HIE provides authorized care providers and physicians with quick, reliable, and secure access to patient health records from different EHR systems.
What types of health information are shared among Tiger Institute Health Alliance members?
The most common types of health information shared among Tiger Institute Health Alliance members and our partner health care organizations are:
- Problem List/Conditions
- Lab Orders
- Anatomic Pathology Results
Why should I share my health information with Tiger Institute Health Alliance members and partner health care organizations?
When the most up-to-date health information is available for your health care providers, you will be more likely to receive accurate and timely service. Benefits of sharing your health information with Tiger Institute Health Alliance members include:
- Immediate access for your health care provider to important health information from other Tiger Institute Health Alliance member and partner organizations he or she would otherwise need to obtain by fax or mail.
- Reduced need for tests and treatment being duplicated
- Reduced likelihood of dangerous medication interactions
- Reduced likelihood of lost health information resulting in improved patient privacy
- Storage of your health information in one place
Who has access to my health information shared by Tiger Institute Health Alliance members and partner health care organizations?
Maintaining your information privacy is a priority of the Tiger Institute Health Alliance. Only health care providers who are members of the Tiger Institute Health Alliance or partner health care organizations and have a relationship with you as their patient will have access to your health information on the HIE. This will assist them with providing you with the most appropriate care.
How is my health information protected?
All Tiger Institute Health Alliance member and partner organizations as well as their health care providers must abide by State and Federal privacy laws, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996, the Privacy Act of 1974, and the security provisions for health information in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Additionally, all Tiger Institute Health Alliance members and partner health care organizations use state-of-the-art information technology to keep health information safe and secure. Only participating health care providers who are authorized by HIPPA laws to view your health records will have privileges to access the Tiger Institute Health Alliance HIE. Routine audits are also performed to ensure compliance to applicable laws and user agreements.
How do I sign up to share my health information with Tiger Institute Health Alliance members and partner health care organizations?
If you are a patient at a Tiger Institute Health Alliance member organization, you will be notified that they are participating in health information exchange. Your information will automatically be shared so if you wish to participate there is no action required on your part. If you do not want to participate, ask your provider about completing a form to opt-out of the health information exchange. Please understand that if you opt-out of the health information exchange you will limit your health care providers’ ability to provide the best care for you. By opting out of the health information exchange you accept the risks associated with that decision. Your health information will continue to be shared (without your specific authorization) among providers and health plans through other means, such as mail, fax or secure e-mail. In other words, opting out of the health information exchange will not prevent your providers from seeing your complete medical record.
What if I no longer want to share my health information with Tiger Institute Health Alliance members and partner health care organizations?
If you decide that you would no longer like to have your health information accessible to Tiger Institute Health Alliance members and partner health care organizations, you may sign an “Opt-Out” form provided by a Tiger Institute Health Alliance member organization. Upon cancelling your participation, all information already in the system will be blocked from access.
Who are the current members of the Tiger Institute Health Alliance and who are the partner health care organizations?
For the most up-to-date list of all Tiger Institute Health Alliance member organizations, please visit here.