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Electronic Health Record

What is an Electronic Health Record?

An electronic health record or medical record (EHR or EMR) is a data system that resides in your doctor’s office, in a hospital or with another provider. It replaces the traditional medical chart and allows your provider to enter and retrieve your medical information. Lab results can be automatically loaded in this record and prescriptions can be automatically sent to your pharmacy.

Your provider can opt to share your information with a colleague through a Health Information Exchange (HIE) like HASA. Like you provider, HASA receives information from many providers in the Central Texas area, where it is being standardized and made available to a requesting physician in an aggregate and easy to read format. Your provider can opt to read this information or add this to your record in the EMR.

A Personal Health Record (PHR) is an access point for you only where you can enter your medical information yourself, including tests, medications, and names and addresses of your doctors and insurance providers so that you can make it available to anyone you want to share this with.

Patient Safety and Data Security

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No discussion around patient health information exchange can be complete without mentioning the issue of security and patient privacy. Preliminary consumer feedback to HASA has indicated that consumers see multiple benefits in the process of electronic data exchange as long as they have a say in it and that privacy is secured.

HASA exchanges information under stringent federal and State policies from HIPAA, ADA and OCR in addition to current state law. HASA will not –and is not allowed to- sell information. It’s function is to facilitate the exchange of patient information for treatment, payment or operational purposes.

In addition, all patient information is sent securely and encrypted, while adhering to over 64 privacy and security policies, mandated by Federal and State law.

Timeline and availability

As HASA is expanding its technology platform to meet a broader audience and deliver new services, these services will be introduced to the market in late 2011 and beyond.

Helping Consumers Be Partners in Their Own Health

Optimizing technology to aid in patient care can best be accomplished with the participation of consumers and patients within the community. HASA is committed to working in tandem with Federal and State guidelines and recommendations to get the community involved and provide resources to help patients and consumers become actively engaged in their health care. If you are interested, get involved and let HASA know by emailing us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and participate with the web discussion at HealthIT.gov.