We all need to see a doctor once in a while, and it’s good to have a regular doctor. However, at times you need to see a different doctor; like when you are away from home, need a specialist, or have an emergency.
That’s why doctors in Utah are joining UHIN’s Clinical Health Information Exchange – the cHIE (pronounced “chee”). The cHIE allows you to safely share your medical history with your doctors. The more your doctors know about your medical history, the better they can treat you. The right information at the right time can even save your life! When all your doctors know how the others are treating you and why, they all can be sure they are giving you the very best care possible.
Your medical history will grow over time as your participating cHIE doctors add medical information to your records. Your medical history includes:
- Medicines you are taking
- Your allergies
- Chronic conditions you have, such as diabetes, heart problems, or cancer
- Lab and other tests you have had done, such as urinalysis, blood work, x-rays, or MRIs
- Immunizations you’ve had
- Past treatments you’ve received.
It is important to know that the cHIE may also contain medical information related to sensitive health conditions such as alcohol or drug use problems, mental health conditions, HIV/AIDS, birth control or abortion, or sexually transmitted infections. Only authorized healthcare professionals who are involved in your care and have a medically necessary reason can access this information. To help ensure that you receive safe and effective care, it is very important that your healthcare professionals have access to all your medical information. If you are concerned about sharing sensitive medical information, you can choose not to allow your information to be shared through the cHIE.