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Data Sharing 101: What You Should Know About Sharing Clinical Information

08/14/17

Data Sharing RS

Sharing data is an important part of the health care process. Jefferson and other institutions share clinical information for a variety of reasons – including the need to ensure continuity of care for our patients. Read the FAQs below to learn more about sharing data and the role each of us plays in that process.

Why is information exchange important to Jefferson?

Information exchange helps ensure we can:

  • Fulfill Regulatory Requirements
  • Meet Contractual Obligations
  • Provide Continuity of Patient Care

How is patient health information exchanged?

With the implementation of Epic, Jefferson now uses its Care Everywhere platform for standards-based information exchange protocols.

  • Other groups using Care Everywhere in the Philadelphia area include UPenn, Temple and CHOP.

A Health Information Exchange (HIE), like HealthShare Exchange (HSX), is another tool used to share patient information.

Who is primarily responsible for supporting data sharing at Jefferson?

  • Providers and Clinical Staff – Request point of care authorization.
  • HIM – Manage back-end patient data requests and questions.

Are there any restrictions on data sharing?

The following types of data are typically restricted from sharing:

  • Psych or any other notes marked as sensitive
  • Certain practice and hospital locations caring for patients with mental health conditions

Where can you find more information about data sharing?