Delaware Health Information Network - Accessing Your Records
Healthcare is changing, but not just in the way it is administered, but in the way the patient is involved in their healthcare.
You may have seen the ads on television, or the billboards on your drive to work. Delaware Health Information Network, or DHIN, is getting the word out about one of the most successful health information exchanges in the country.
Lakeisha Moore, Director of Provider Relations at DHIN said it comes down to a place where the different patients’ records can be in one secure location for healthcare providers to access.
That means if a patient is hurt at the beach, but their doctor is located in northern Delaware, the doctor in the emergency room can still access the patient’s records.
Soon, those same medical records will be accessible by the patients. Randy Farmer, COO at DHIN, says that access will allow patients to be better consumers of healthcare.
“So they can make more informed decisions, have better outcomes from the healthcare they get, and hopefully, cheaper, more affordable healthcare as a result of just being better consumers,” said Farmer.
Delaware Health Information Network‘s roots reach back to 1997 when the Delaware General Assembly enacted the organization as a public/private partnership. Ten years later, DHIN went live, meaning it became the first operational statewide health information exchange in the nation.
“We started with about seven data senders back in 2007,” said Moore. “Now we are up to upwards of 26 major data senders.”
As for security, in the ten years since DHIN went live, it has built a consistent track record for the safe and secure delivery of records.