Notice of Privacy Practices
The purpose of this Notice is to advise you that the San Joaquin Community Health Information Exchange (SJCHIE) may facilitate electronic sharing of your individual health information among your health care providers.
What is SJCHIE?
The San Joaquin Community Health Information Exchange (SJCHIE) makes it possible for health care organizations to share patient information electronically. This gives authorized medical professionals and their support staff quick access to the information they need to give you the best care. Visit www.sjchie.org for more information.
Why do health care providers share information?
Health care providers make better choices about your care when they have as complete a record as possible. Your doctors and nurses can collaborate in your diagnosis and treatment. You no longer have to carry your medical information from one location to another, or remember the dates of specific procedures.
How is my information protected?
Policy and technology safeguards are in place to makes sure that only individuals responsible for providing your care can access your records. All participating organizations in San Joaquin County or any other location must agree to written policies controlling access to information, and they also must follow federal and state privacy laws. Technical safeguards include encryption, password protection, different levels of access based on job function, and the ability to track every viewer’s usage of the system.
What information is shared?
Common types of information shared are lab and x-ray results, medication and immunization history, transcribed diagnostic and treatment records, allergies and drug reactions, and other clinical reports relevant to your past, present, or future physical or mental condition. Certain highly sensitive information will not be made available, such as some mental health information, treatment for alcohol or substance abuse covered by 42 CFR Part 2, and records of tests or treatment for sexually transmitted diseases.
Your right to information
You may access a copy of your medical records or obtain information on who has requested or received them. To do so, you must make a written request to each organization participating in SJCHIE.
Your right not to participate
You have the right to decide that you do not want your health information shared through SJCHIE. You may request, fill out, and sign our decline participation form. You will not be denied treatment or otherwise penalized for such a decision. However, all participating providers will lose electronic access to your health information through SJCHIE, even in cases of emergency. Only basic demographic and healthcare provider information required for your treating providers to see hat you have made this decision will be displayed. You may decide to participate in SJCHIE at a later date by submitting a choose-‐to-‐participate form to a participating provider.