The South Dakota Health Link Point of Care Exchange is designed to help healthcare providers save time, improve care and reduce costs. It supports the safe and secure exchange of a limited set of information from your electronic patient chart, which may include:
- Medical history
- Immunization dates
- Radiology reports
- Lab and test results
Your information remains secure and private.
Protecting patient information within the Point of Care Exchange is top priority. Information is tightly secured by your provider’s IT system – and can only be shared in accordance with State and Federal laws to protect patient information – including HIPPA privacy and security rules.
Benefits for you and your family.
Consenting to allow your health information to be shared between your healthcare providers offers major benefits, including:
- Emergency Treatment
Medical staff immediately knows about your allergies, health problems, medications and prior visits, helping them care for you without delay.
- Well-Informed Providers
Participating doctors will have immediate access to important information. Knowing more about you before they recommend treatments helps you avoid unnecessary tests and procedures, medical mistakes and costly medical bills.
- Improved Care Across Multiple Providers
Access to information about care you received elsewhere gives a better, more complete picture of your health. Your care providers can make sure the treatment they give doesn’t interact badly with other treatments you may be receiving.
- Increased Efficiency
The Point of Care Exchange will help eliminate redundant testing, filling out the same form multiple times and missing information, making your entire care experience more efficient and complete.
For more information and FAQs visit https://www.healthit.gov/how-do-i/individuals.