The Point of Care Exchange is designed to help healthcare providers save time, improve care and reduce costs. It supports the safe and secure exchange of a limited set of information from your electronic patient chart, which may include:
- Medical history
- Immunization dates
- Radiology reports
- Lab and test results
Worried about privacy and security? Don’t be.
Protecting patient information within the Point of Care Exchange is top priority. Information is tightly secured by your provider’s IT system – and can only be shared in accordance with State and Federal laws to protect patient information – including HIPPA privacy and security rules.
What does this mean to my family and me?
Consenting to allow your health information to be shared between your healthcare providers offers major benefits, including:
- Emergency Treatment
Medical staff immediately knows about your allergies, health problems, medications and prior visits, helping them care for you without delay.
- Well-Informed Providers
Participating doctors will have immediate access to important information. Knowing more about you before they recommend treatments helps you avoid unnecessary tests and procedures, medical mistakes and costly medical bills.
- Improved Care Across Multiple Providers
Access to information about care you received elsewhere gives a better, more complete picture of your health. Your care providers can make sure the treatment they give doesn’t interact badly with other treatments you may be receiving.
What does this mean to my provider?
- Improved Care
Viewing specific medical history — including lab history medication and immunization histories — helps your provider make better decisions about your care.
- Increased Efficiency
Have you ever been asked to complete the same medical tests over again? Have you ever waited while your provider and staff searched for key information about your care? The Point of Care Exchange will help eliminate those problems and make the entire care experience more efficient for everyone.
- Significant Technology Transitions
Switching from paper-based to electronic systems is an important undertaking – but one that obviously doesn’t happen overnight. The complex process involves many people, and can take months to complete. As always, remain engaged in every aspect of your health and healthcare. Encourage your provider to adopt EHR technology, if they have not already done so.
For more information and FAQs visit http://www.healthit.gov/patients-families.