What is the NDHIN?
Medical professionals need access to complete health information in order to accurately diagnose and treat patients. Having a complete medical record enables them to provide the best care possible.
The North Dakota Health Information Network is a system created to securely share a person’s health information by connecting that individual’s healthcare providers’ electronic health records. The heath information available can only be used for treatment, payment, and healthcare operations, or as required by law.
How Will NDHIN Help?
- Improve coordination of care by increased availability of health records.
- Safer administration of prescription medications by allowing medical professionals to see a complete medication list.
- Decrease the number of duplicated medical tests.
- Avoid loss of key pieces of a patient’s health record due to unexpected events and disasters.
- Empower medical providers to make more informed decisions.
What Information is Shared?
The information available through NDHIN includes a patient’s age, gender, address, medications, allergies, immunizations and health conditions, as well as reports, such as labs, x-rays, hospital admissions, discharges or transfers. Other pertinent information includes the patient’s insurance and advance directives.
Safe and Secure
The NDHIN has security features in place to protect everyone’s health information. Only authorized individuals are able to search for information from a patient’s health records.
Participation is Voluntary
Everyone’s health information may be searched for through the NDHIN. However, at any time an individual can opt not to participate or to only have his or her information available in a medical emergency by completing and submitting the Opt Out/Revoke Opt Out form with your medical provider, directly with the NDHIN, or online at www.ndhin.org/consumers/opt-out-participation.
Patients may choose to make their information searchable again at any time by completing and submitting the Opt Out/Revoke Opt Out form with your medical provider, or directly with the NDHIN, or online.
Patients will not be denied medical care if they decide not to have their health records searchable through the NDHIN. If a patient decides not to make their health information available, emergency room physicians and other medical professionals may not have access to needed health information, which could be critical to saving a person’s life.
Even if a patient chooses not to participate in the NDHIN, a treating physician can select the NDHIN as a way to receive your lab results, radiology reports, and other information previously received by fax, mail, or other electronic forms of communication.
NDHIN Brochures and other information: