You are receiving this notice because your healthcare provider participates in a non-profit, non-governmental health information exchange (HIE) called Health Current. It will not cost you anything and can help your doctor, healthcare providers, and health plans better coordinate your care by securely sharing your health information. This Notice explains how the HIE works and will help you understand your rights regarding the HIE under state and federal law.
How does Health Current help you to get better care?
In a paper-based record system, your health information is mailed or faxed to your doctor, but sometimes these records are lost or don't arrive in time for your appointment. If you allow your health information to be shared through the HIE, your doctors are able to access it electronically in a secure and timely manner.
What health information is available through Health Current?
The following types of health information may be available:
Who can view your health information through Health Current and when can it be shared?
People involved in your care will have access to your health information. This may include your doctors, nurses, other healthcare providers, health plan and any organization or person who is working on behalf of your healthcare providers and health plan. They may access your information for treatment, care coordination, care or case management, transition of care planning and population health services.
You may permit others to access your health information by signing an authorization form. They may only access the health information described in the authorization form for the purposes stated on that form. Health Current may also use your health information as required by law and as necessary to perform services for healthcare providers, health plans and others participating with Health Current.
The Health Current Board of Directors can expand the reasons why healthcare providers and others may access your health information in the future as long as the access is permitted by law. That information is on the Health Current website at healthcurrent.org/permitted-use.
Does Health Current receive behavioral health information and if so, who can access it?
Health Current does receive behavioral health information, including substance abuse treatment
records. Federal law gives special confidentiality protection to substance abuse treatment records
from federally-assisted substance abuse treatment programs. Health Current keeps these protected
substance abuse treatment records separate from the rest of your health information. Health Current
will only share the substance abuse treatment records it receives from these programs in two cases. One, medical personnel may access this information in a medical emergency. Two, you may sign a
consent form giving your healthcare provider or others access to this information.
How is your health information protected?
Federal and state laws, such as HIPAA, protect the confidentiality of your health information. Your information is shared using secure transmission. Health Current has security measures in place to prevent someone who is not authorized from having access. Each person has a username and password, and the system records all access to your information.
You have the right to:
You have the right under article 27, section 2 of the Arizona Constitution and Arizona
Revised Statutes title 36, section 3802 to keep your health information from being shared
electronically through Health Current: