Stand up for everyday heroes in Texas healthcare


Real-time access to medical records could save your life!

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Give Texas First Responders the information they need to save a life.

It could be your mother, your father, your brother, your sister … or you.

How Health Information Organizations benefit Texas and Texans

Frequently Asked Questions

 

1. Question

Why is it important to link Texas healthcare?

Answer

From the Tenet Sierra/Providence Health Network in El Paso to the world-renowned Texas Medical Center in Houston, from Children’s Medical Center in Dallas to the Valley Baptist Health System in the Rio Grande Valley, we Texans enjoy a healthcare system that is second to none.

But Texas is a big state. You can be far from home when an emergency strikes, and in that unfortunate event, emergency responders will need your medical records — right now! Or if your regular doctor advises you to seek urgent treatment from a specialist, you’ll first have to make sure your medical records get transferred before you can seek treatment.

Sound old-fashioned and inefficient? It is. That’s why the non-profit members of the Texas Association of Healthcare Information Organizations (TAHIO) have been working on your behalf to link Texas healthcare systems across the state.

Since our member health information organizations started linking Texas healthcare, we’ve provided Texans with more than 5 million critical medical record updates — from all points across Texas — and now more hospital systems, doctors and patients are joining us every day. Together we can continue to link Texas healthcare and keep the Texas healthcare system the best in the world.

 

2. Question

What about Privacy and Security? How are Texans Protected?

Answer

While you may be worried about how your data can stay private in an electronic system, you should know that existing paper-based healthcare records actually pose a larger risk to the privacy and security of your personal information.

The fact is that across Texas today millions of paper health records are still stored in non-secure areas that are open to personnel who will search, pull, transfer and mail or fax copies of your personal health information.

This can happen each time your information moves between your primary physician, specialist, hospital or emergency responder. The very nature of large-scale storage of paper-based records makes it very difficult to ensure physical security of your data.

In contrast, health information technology significantly reduces the number of people who can come in contact with your personal healthcare records.

Only vetted and approved healthcare providers (credentialed by your regional TAHIO member) who have a one-to-one treating relationship with you as a patient can access your private healthcare information — and, most importantly, this access is provided on a need-to-know basis only.

All private healthcare data is protected with strong encryption using data security standards that meet or exceed HIPAA requirements. All data access activity is recorded, and can be traced and audited.

 

3. Question

How can Texans Maintain Healthcare Freedom of Choice?

Answer

Across the state, Texans are demanding access to efficient, high-quality healthcare choices.

New health information technology offers you and your fellow Texans increased freedom of choice when selecting your healthcare provider, greater control over your personal medical records, and faster access to high-quality healthcare — at a lower cost than ever before.

Already over 2,500,000 Texans seeking medical care have benefited from this new technology, whether they were treated at large hospital systems, like the Harris Health System in the Houston area — or at individual community-oriented primary care doctors, like the family medical practice of Dr Becky Personnet in El Paso.

But Texas is a big country and the job is not yet complete.

We need to complete the work of expanding coverage across Texas so every Texan has equal access to their healthcare information. Adequate public funding is our number one challenge.

So we are asking you to join your fellow Texans in asking your State representatives and elected officials to support funding opportunities for our vital public health information systems.

Help the everyday heroes in healthcare — who work hard to safeguard your life and the lives of your friends and family — by giving them the tools they need to do their job.

Join us and support your local healthcare professionals whose good work depends on linking Texas together with regional public Healthcare Information systems.

 

Give Texas Emergency Room Doctors the information they need to save a life.

It could be your mother, your father, your brother, your sister … or you.

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Give Texas Nurses the information they need to save a life.

It could be your mother, your father, your brother, your sister … or you.

Give Texas Surgeons the information they need to save a life.

It could be your mother, your father, your brother, your sister … or you.

Give Texas Obstetricians and Pediatricians the information they need to save a life.

It could be your daughter, your son, your niece, your nephew … or your grandchild.

Help us link Texas healthcare across the entire state!

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Give Texas Gerontologists and Senior Caregivers the information they need to save a life.

It could be your mother, your father, your brother, your sister … or you.

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Give Texas Medical School Graduates the information they need to save a life.

It could be your wife, your husband, your daughter, your son, your niece, your nephew … or your grandchild.