What can HASA and HIE do for me?
If you have ever felt frustrated by having to fill out the same forms when you see multiple doctors for the same diagnosis or carried stacks of paper medical records to make sure that your new doctor has all the information about your recent hospital admission, you can understand the reason that HASA was created.  In today's mobile society, people enjoy begin able to access many of the tools online that were once only available by going to your local library or bank.  Because of the work that HASA is doing, the same will be true of your medical information. Patients want the peace of mind in knowing that their doctors will have secure, convenient access to medical information, regardless of what hospital system or doctor you visit. The HIE (Health Information Exchange) functions a little like a library, where your information can be aggregated and retrieved by other authorized doctors wherever you seek care.

How does it work?
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 healthcare provider. It replaces the traditional medical chart and allows your provider to enter and retrieve your medical information securely, quickly and conveniently.  Traditionally, doctors and hospitals share information through faxes and phone calls.  This process is very time consuming and often inefficient, resulting in the same tests being run over and over or an excessive amount of time waiting in the doctor's office to get information faxed or make sure that it was even received. 

However, your provider can opt to share your information with a colleague through a Health Information Exchange (HIE) like HASA.  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 aggregated and easy to read format. Your provider can opt to read this information or add this to your record in the EMR. For more information about who is participating with HASA and what data is available in the HIE, click here.

A Personal Health Record (PHR) is an access point for you to be able to view the information that doctors and hospitals create when you are seen for treatment.  You may already have access to several Patient Portals, as they are commonly called, through your primary care physician, specialist or from your children's Pediatrician.  While these portals are helpful, it can often be difficult to keep track of multiple logins and passwords and even then, they don't provide an aggregate view of your overall care.  Since HASA's job is to aggregate your medical information into one standardized view, an HIE can offer a solution for organizing your medical information.  For more information on the HASA Go Account features and functionality, click here. 

Rights and Privacy
HASA exchanges information under stringent Federal and State policies from HIPAA, ADA and OCR in addition to current state law, and is overseen by the hospital systems that contribute data.  HASA will not, and is not allowed to, sell information. Its function is to facilitate the exchange of patient information for treatment, payment or operational purposes among authorized providers and make it easier for patients to keep track of their health and their medical information.  In addition, all patient information is sent securely and encrypted, and adheres to more than 64 privacy and security policies mandated by Federal and State law.

Patients have the right to not have their information shared if they choose.  Not participating in HASA does not affect your ability to get medical care, but it may limit the information available to your physician and make it harder for them to make informed medical decisions based on your previous medical history. To see more information about Educational Materials and Consent Forms, click here. For a copy of HASA's Privacy Policy, click here. For a copy of our Notice of Privacy Practices, click here