What can HASA do for me?

HASA is a Health Information Exchange (HIE) that functions a little like a library, where your information can be collected and retrieved by other authorized doctors wherever you seek care. HASA therefore makes it possible for your health information, such as emergency hospital visits or updated medication lists, to be securely seen by your doctor.

Because of the data-sharing model of the HIE, being connected with HASA becomes easy and seamless when going from one doctor to another. The use of HASA services can help you:

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.  

 

What information is shared?

Going to a doctor or hospital who has chosen to connect with HASA will allow, with your consent, sharing of medical records with vital information such as:

Traditionally, doctors and hospitals share this 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. 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.

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. 

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 and easy to read format. Your provider can opt to read this information or add this to your record in the EMR.

What are the costs to participate?

There is no cost for a patient to participate in HASA’s data connectivity. Ask your doctor to find out if he or she is participating in HASA services. Click here for a list of hospitals and providers who currently are using HASA services.

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 cannot and will not sell information. Its function is to facilitate the exchange of patient information for treatment, payment, or operational purposes among authorized providers and patients.  In addition, all patient information is sent securely, 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