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North Dakota Health Information Network

The North Dakota Health Information Network (NDHIN) is a system created to securely share you health information by connecting your doctors’ electronic health record systems. Doctors need all of your health information to accurately diagnose and treat you. If they can view a more complete record of your health information, they can provide you with better care.

ND leads all states in sharing health records, with 83% of physicians utilizing EHR systems that are capable of connecting with the network. JRMC was the first in the state to have information flow into the NDHIN.

 

 

THE CHOICE IS YOURS

Participation is completely voluntary.

  • by default, your health information may be searched for through the NDHIN
  • if at any time you do not want to participate or if you only want your information available in a medical emergency, complete and submit the Opt Out/Revoke Opt Out form with your doctor or directly with the NDHIN or online at www.ndhin.org/consumers/opt-out-participation
  • you may choose to make your information searchable again at any time by completing the Opt Out/Revoke Opt Out form with your doctor or directly with the NDHIN or online
  • You will NOT be denied medical care if you decide not to have your health records searchable through the NDHIN. However, if you decide not to make your health information available, emergency room doctors and other medical professionals may not have access to your health information when needed, which could be critical to saving your life.
  • Even if you choose not to participate in the NDHIN, a treating doctor will still be able to select the NDHIN as a way to receive your lab results, radiology reports and other information previously received by fax, mail or other electronic communications.

What is health information exchange (HIE)?

Health information exchange (HIE) is the secure, electronic exchange of health information among healthcare communities to drive timely, efficient, high-quality, preventive and patient-centered care.

 

Why is exchange of health information important?

Health information exchange helps improve the quality of patient care, saves time, enhances privacy and reduces costs. Also, in an emergency situation it allows a physician to retrieve the patient’s record quickly and completely speeds the delivery of appropriate care, and avoids unnecessary duplicate testing, medical errors and extra costs.

 

How will NDHIN help you?

  • improve coordination of your care by increasing availability of your health records
  • create safer administration of your prescription medications by allowing you doctor to see your complete medication list
  • reduce duplicate medical tests by granting your doctor access to your updated health information
  • empower your doctor to make more informed decisions
  • avoid loss of key pieces of your health record during unexpected events and disasters

 

What information is shared with doctors?

  • your demographics, such as age, gender, or address
  • your reports, such as labs, x-rays, hospital admissions, discharges or transfers
  • your medications, allergies, immunizations and health conditions
  • your insurance information
  • your advance directives

 

Your information is protected. 

The NDHIN has security features in place to protect your health information. Only authorized individuals will be able to search for information from your health records.

 

Here are some additional resource about the HIN:

NDHIN Consumers

NDHIN Brochure

NDHIN FAQs for Consumers