Dignity Health is also part of national HIEs like eHealth Exchange, Commonwell and Carequality who operate secure data networks (see more below). These HIEs allow Dignity Health to gather some of your medical history from other health care providers you have visited who are also participating in such HIEs. In the same way, other health care providers can get access to your Dignity Health medical information if you need medical care away from home or if you are referred to a new doctor. Doctors, hospitals, pharmacies, laboratories, skilled nursing facilities and other health care providers can retrieve your medical information securely through HIEs when necessary, as permitted by law.
If you received care at a Dignity Health facility and then receive care from another caregiver or organization, the other caregiver/organization may be permitted to access your Dignity Health medical information through such HIEs to support and coordinate your care.
When traveling or when transitioning your care to other caregivers, an HIE allows the relevant information in your Dignity Health electronic health record (EHR) to travel with you, supporting care continuity.
Examples of when clinicians might share your medical history through an HIE:
- Your primary caregiver can send a healthcare summary to a specialist. Emergency room care teams may be able to learn about your allergies and see the medical tests you have recently had.
- If you have a stroke or a broken hip, your entire care team—from the emergency room to a rehab facility—can see your important medical information.
This HIE is a nationwide secure data sharing network for sharing clinical information securely over the Internet. Participants in this HIE include large provider networks, hospitals, pharmacies, regional health information exchanges and many federal agencies, representing 40% of all U.S. hospitals, tens of thousands of medical groups, more than 8,000 pharmacies and 100 million patients.
This HIE is a nationwide secure data sharing network for sharing clinical information securely over the Internet. CommonWell core services aim to enable caregivers to manage patient identity, link patients across organizations, and facilitate secure data access and exchange beyond one’s own system or community. These services are essential to the exchange of health data along the care continuum. Contributor members are committed to ensuring provider access to the data is built into their technology.
CommonWell members have deployed CommonWell services in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C., and thousands of provider sites are utilizing these services daily. Members are EMR vendors, not health systems – allowing access to any participating group running their system.
This HIE is a nationwide secure data sharing network for sharing clinical information securely over the Internet. Carequality is an interoperability framework to link numerous data sharing networks, which expands the reach of regional HIEs. These existing health data networks are expanding to include additional providers, payers, government agencies, and others as the Carequality community grows.