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Health Information Exchange (HIE) is a way for your health care providers, hospitals, laboratories and organizations involved in your care coordination and payment to see your health records so that they can improve the quality of health care services they can provide to you. Signing the HIE Notification form allows providers where you received care or may receive care in the future, the ability to access your health care records through their computers without having to wait for faxes or paper charts to be sent from other clinics or provider offices. Allowing your health care providers access to your health records means that they will be more informed and able to make more appropriate decisions about your well-being and health care needs.
Why should you participate in the HIE?
Frequently Asked Questions
Your records have information about your past care, such as: doctors’ visits, illnesses, surgeries, medicines, test results, treatments, allergies to medicines. Your health records come from your health care team, which may include doctors, clinics, hospitals and labs.
No. Participation in a Health Information Exchange is completely free. Your health care team wants you to participate so that they have all of the vital information about your care, immediately, and while they are evaluating how to best care for you.
Access to your complete health record improves efficiency and quality of care.
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SSM Health proudly participates in the following Health Information Networks:
Health Information Networks (HIN) are under the same rules and restrictions that govern the safe and secure exchange of private health information as your health care provider. These systems are built in compliance with state and federal laws, with specific protocols and in a private, secure network that will help make your records safer than ever before.
Heath Information Networks (HIN) often work together to share data to further improve access to patient information. This exchange reduces the need for your health care providers to individually request information from each organization where you may have been seen and eliminates the faxing and phone calls that exist today. Patients no longer have to remember which clinics or hospitals belong to a particular organization. If you would like more information about each of these HIE Networks and which organizations participate in the various organizations, please click one of the links above to visit their webpage and learn more.
So how do I participate?
If you would like to sign an HIE Notification or Opt-out form, please complete the appropriate form below and mail it, with a copy of your government-issued ID, (i.e. driver’s license, passport, etc.) to:
SSM-DOCS7980 Clayton Road, Suite 205St. Louis, MO 63117
HIE Notification FormSigning this form allows your providers to quickly access your health information electronically and will have a more complete view of your health history in order to provide you with the highest quality care. This will help your providers better meet your health care needs in a safe, effective, and timely manner. Download the HIE Notification Form
HIE Opt-out FormThe HIE Opt-out is a limited Opt-out form specific to Missouri Health Connection and Coordinated Care of Oklahoma HIEs. If you choose to opt-out, your providers will not be able to access your health information electronically through the HIE to use while treating you. This is called "opting out." If you opt out, it is important that you understand that the inability to quickly view your health records could affect some of decisions your providers may make about your health care. Download the HIE Opt-out Form
Note: If you want to opt-out of other HIEs, you must go directly to the HIE specific websites to complete the opt-out form for those exchanges.
Note: If you want to opt out of the Wisconsin HIE, you must go directly to the WISHIN website listed above, complete the opt-out form and send it back to WISHIN.
If you have any additional questions about participating in the HIE, please contact your SSM Health Primary Care Provider (PCP).
Attention Veterans The VA system allows you to proactively opt-in to sharing your health information through their system as well. For instructions on how to complete the VA’s opt-in process click one of the links below.
As a Level 2-authenticated eBenefits user just follow these easy steps:
You can send in your health care sharing preferences by either completing VA Form 10-0485 and faxing, mailing or hand carrying it to your nearest VA Medical Center Release of Information Office (ROI).
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