FAQs related to Personal Health Information (PHI)

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What information is in the Vermont Health Information Exchange?

Participating health care organizations (for example: doctors’ offices and hospitals) choose…

Participating health care organizations (for example: doctors’ offices and hospitals) choose what information they will send to the Vermont Health Information Exchange. A patient’s record in the Vermont Health Information Exchange may contain information including, but not limited to:

  • Patient demographics – like name, age, date of birth, address
  • Problems and conditions
  • Allergies
  • Medications
  • Laboratory test results
  • Radiology reports
  • Transcribed reports
  • Patient care summaries

Content

Does the Vermont Health Information Exchange contain information about mental health?

Some mental health information is in the Vermont Health Information Exchange and some is not:…

Some mental health information is in the Vermont Health Information Exchange and some is not:

  • Records about mental health care received at some primary care practices, emergency departments, and hospitals may be included, and may include diagnoses and prescribed medications.
  • Vermont’s Designated Agencies (list of Designated Agencies by county and region) do not send information to the Vermont Health Information Exchange.
  • Private psychiatrists and mental health counselors do not send information to the Vermont Health Information Exchange.

Is information about substance use disorder (also called addiction) in the Vermont Health Information Exchange?

Some information about substance use disorder is in the Vermont Health Information Exchange and…

Some information about substance use disorder is in the Vermont Health Information Exchange and some is not:

  • Information about substance use disorder treatment received at some primary care practices, emergency departments, and hospitals may be included, and may include diagnoses and prescribed medications.
  • A law called 42 CFR Part 2: Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder Patient Records prohibits some federally funded substance use disorder treatment providers from sharing treatment information through the Vermont Health Information Exchange. In Vermont that includes Designated Agencies (list of Designated Agencies by county and region) and “Hubs” for opioid use disorder treatment (map of “Hub” treatment centers) do not send information to the Vermont Health Information Exchange.
  • Recovery centers (list of recovery centers) do not send information to the Vermont Health Information Exchange.

 

Are lab results and other test results in the Vermont Health Information Exchange?

Yes, laboratory results, reports about medical visits, and radiology reports are in the Vermont…

Yes, laboratory results, reports about medical visits, and radiology reports are in the Vermont Health Information Exchange. They may be included if the laboratory or health care organization where the test was conducted sends information to the Information Exchange or if the provider who ordered the test receives information from the Vermont Health Information Exchange.

Is medication and prescription information in the Vermont Health Information Exchange?

Yes, medications that have been prescribed and prescriptions that have been filled are included…

Yes, medications that have been prescribed and prescriptions that have been filled are included in the Vermont Health Information Exchange.

The information about medication and prescriptions that is in the Vermont Health Information Exchange comes from doctors and providers and from a network of pharmacies, mail order pharmacies, clearing houses, insurance claims, and Surescripts.

The Vermont Health Information Exchange is not linked to the Vermont Prescription Monitoring System (VPMS).

Are notes in the Vermont Health Information Exchange?

Yes, there are some notes are in the Vermont Health Information Exchange. These include notes…

Yes, there are some notes are in the Vermont Health Information Exchange. These include notes from their health care providers health records that are part of patient care summaries, radiology reports, and transcribed reports.

How Do I?

If there is some information about me in the Vermont Health Information Exchange that is wrong, how can I get it corrected?

The best way to correct any incorrect information in the Vermont Health Information Exchange is…

The best way to correct any incorrect information in the Vermont Health Information Exchange is to contact the health care organization that originally sent the data to the Information Exchange. The Vermont Health Information Exchange hotline 888-980-1243 can offer more information about your options.