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How is my health information used?

Notice of Privacy Practices Privacy and Security Q&A

Whether it’s on paper or in an electronic health record (EHR), there won’t be any difference in how your health information will be used or shared. Just like your health information in the paper record, your health information in the EHR is protected by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy Rule.

Under this rule, your health information can be shared with:

  • other doctors and hospitals for treatment purposes, care coordination, case management and other treatment related purposes
  • insurers for billing and treatment purposes, care coordination, case management and other treatment related purposes
  • state and federal health reporting agencies (such as immunization and cancer registries), as required by law

It’s also important to understand that your health information can’t be given to your employer, used for sales or advertising, or used for other purposes without your signed permission.

An EHR provides a digital version of the paper file you see at the doctor’s office. When an EHR is connected to all of your health care providers, it gets your health information accurately into the hands of people who need it.

To learn more about how your health information may be used or shared, visit here.

In the very near future, you will be able to subscribe and view the information in your own electronic medical record. Those who have access to their own medical information are more informed about their care and tend to lead healthier lives. Learn more here.

Contact Alaska eHealth Network for information about HIT.