So what is the Vermont Health Information Exchange?
The Vermont Health Information Exchange keeps your health records in one secure place. When you see a doctor or healthcare provider who participates, an electronic record may be sent to the Health Information Exchange. This record is ready for the next doctor you see so they know your health history. This doctor adds to your record so it’s ready for the next doctor, and so on. It puts your providers on the same page.
What’s that mean for me?
Having your doctors and healthcare providers on the same page means better care for you. When providers use the Health Information Exchange, one record is shared across the state. This means you won’t have to answer the same questions everywhere. Or remember when things happened. Or know exactly what kind of medication you’ve taken. And if you ever can’t give your information, like in an emergency, the doctor may still get critical information to help you.
What’s on my record?
Your record has basic information like name, age and birthdate. It also stores medications, allergies and test results. Any care or instructions you get during a doctor visit are also recorded. It’s your medical history for doctors to see.
When does this start?
The Health Information Exchange is used by many providers in Vermont today. But they can only see your records if you’ve signed up. Starting March 1, 2020, you don’t have to sign up for doctors to see your records. It will be automatic. But if you don’t want your information shared, you have options.