IHDE enables participating healthcare providers secure access to important health information about their patients at the point of care.
Medical providers need your current and past health history to accurately diagnose and treat you. Each provider who treats you may have just a portion of your medical record. When they can access each other’s records through the IHDE, they have more complete health information and can provide you with better care.
Greater Health Safety
When you see a provider that is participating with the IHDE, they will have all of your pertinent medical information on hand for a quicker, more accurate diagnosis and plan for treatment.
Your team of health care providers can work in partnership to review your health information and provide a collaborative effort in your diagnosis and treatment.
Protection of Privacy and Security
IHDE complies with HIPAA rules, as do IHDE participants. Protecting the privacy and security of health information is important to the IHDE and its participants. We have a Privacy and Security Committee which provides oversight of compliance and best practices. Health information is kept secure using many technical safeguards and administrative policies and procedures. Patient health information is only available to IHDE participants that are granted access. Patient health information accessed on the system can be tracked for auditing purposes to ensure your privacy is protected.
With your medical information available electronically to your provider, unnecessary testing will be reduced. Your provider can quickly review all of your lab and radiology results performed at other facilities.
Your health information will be available between other participating health care providers. There is no longer the need to carry your medical information from one location to the next, or wait for it to be transferred via mail, courier, or fax.
Can I Access My Own Medical Records?
With Idaho Health Data Exchange, your records are only available to participating health care providers, such as your doctor. If you want copies of your medical records, you can contact your health providers directly. Doctors, hospitals, and other health care organizations can provide you with paper copies, upon request. If your doctor uses an electronic medical record, you might also have the ability to receive an electronic copy. Check with your doctor to be sure.