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Calvert Health Information Exchange

These providers are
currently on the C-HIE:

Calvert County Mental
Health Clinic

Calvert Internal
Medicine Group

Calvert Physician Associates
Calvert Primary Care

Calvert Hematology and Oncology

Calvert Surgical Care

Calvert Gastroenterology

Calvert Otolaryngology

Calvert Physical Medicine and Pain Management

Calvert Women's Center



Calvert Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine

Dunkirk Family Practice

This list will be updated as other providers are added.

The Calvert Health Information Exchange (C-HIE) provides Calvert with a comprehensive, community based network This new technology is an important part of improving your care. Similar to the Maryland Health Information Exchange, if you see a participating provider, you are automatically enrolled in the C-HIE unless you opt out. So, it's important for you to understand how it works and the benefits for you - the patient.

What is a health information exchange?
The C-HIE is a secure, electronic way for participating doctors to instantly access the medical information they need about you to provide faster, safer, high quality care.

Why is it important?
By using the C-HIE, your doctor can view recent lab results and other tests even if they were done at another location. Your care is not delayed while one office contacts another to get what they need.

How was this information shared before?
Previously, doctors would call, mail or fax each other the requested information but this process could take hours or even days. 

What are the benefits?
By participating in the C-HIE, you are giving your doctor real-time access to your most recent health information. It also makes it easier to refer you to other specialists or hospitals and you can feel confident that your entire healthcare team knows what is happening with your care.

How is the information protected?
The new system is actually more secure than the old "paper shuffle." The Calvert Health Information Exchange (C-HIE) follows all state and federal laws (including HIPAA - see below). Only authorized medical professionals (directly involved in your care) may access this shared information. Protecting patient information is the Calvert Health Information Exchange is a priority. A major goal of state and federal privacy and security laws and regulations protecting health information is to assure that individuals’ health information is properly protected while allowing the flow of information needed to provide and promote high quality health care and to protect the public's health and well-being.  While there are many benefits to participating in the HIE, exchange information electronically also has risks. Potential risks include: errors in clinical data, breach of information, and inappropriate use. The Calvert Health Information Exchange (C-HIE) is confident that many of these risks are mitigated by protections and security processes that are in place

What information will be shared?
Your electronic health record (available to be shared with a participating physician) will include lab results, X-ray reports, diagnoses, medication histories and allergies along with hospital discharge and emergency room summaries and other pertinent data, but will not include sensitive information such as detailed mental health records restricted by state regulation.

Is my doctor connected?
At present, the local exchange includes 60+ providers and therapists actively utilizing the HIE.  Specialties include Primary Care, Internal Medicine, General Surgery, Cardiology, Gastroenterology, Hematology/Oncology, Otolaryngology, Orthopedics, Infectious Disease, Pulmonology and Endocrinology.

Can I choose to opt out from C-HIE?
Yes,
by submitting the form (download PDF) to your physician's office or the hospital. This means that doctors will not be able to search the Calvert Health Information Exchange (C-HIE) to get health information about you. However, even if you opt out, they will still be able to use other means such as phone calls, faxes, mail and referrals to obtain needed information. You will receive confirmation that your form has been received and processed.

What could happen if you choose to opt out?
In some instances, incomplete health information could result in an inaccurate diagnosis, an adverse medication event, an inadvertent allergic reaction, duplicative testing, additional expense, inconvenience and delays in care.

If you have additional questions about the Calvert Health Information Exchange (C-HIE):

  • Please speak with your primary care provider,
  • OR call: 410-535-8740

For more information about the Maryland Health Information Exchange go to: www.crisphealth.org. If you want to opt out of the state system, you must provide a separate form to the state HIE.

What exactly is HIPAA?
As a health care provider, Calvert Memorial Hospital is strongly committed to protect the privacy of patients. We understand that your health information is highly personal and we are committed to safeguarding your privacy.  It is important for you to know how we handle your health information.  We are required by law to maintain the privacy of patient health information and to provide patients with a notice of it's legal duties and privacy practices regarding protected health information.

Please read the Notice of Privacy Practices thoroughly.  It describes how we may use and disclose your protected health information for:
• Treatment
• Health care operations
• Other uses and disclosures of such information that the law allows
• Payment
• Your Health Information Rights
• Complaints
• Changes to this Notice of Privacy Practices

For more information, go to http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/hipaa.



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