YOU can protect your data – STOP the HIE in MN

Did you know your private, confidential, and welfare data is being shared with government agencies and private entities?

  • Written, chemical and electronic health records
  • Federal tax information
  • Records as defined by the Privacy Act of 1974, and
  • Other data subject to applicable state and federal statutes, rules, and regulations affecting the storage, collection, use and dissemination of private or confidential information.

More information coming soon on what you can do to stop the HIE in Minnesota…

What IS a state Health Information Exchange (HIE)?

A HIE is defined by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), in their e-Health Glossary, as both a noun, and a verb:

HIE (verb): the electronic transmission of health-related information between organizations (assuming the patient/individual has provided consent to share the information). The electronic transmission of health-related information between organizations according to nationally recognized standards.  [Minn. Stat. §62J.498 sub. 1(f)].

HIE (noun): an organization that facilitates health information exchange. Several of these HIE service providers operate in Minnesota.

…an organization, usually a legal corporation, that facilitates information exchange (verb form) within a network of facilities, community, state or region. In Minnesota, these are called health information exchange service providers and are certified by the state as either a health data intermediary or a health information organization.

“Health information exchange” also means a legal arrangement between health
care providers and group purchasers to enable and oversee the business and legal
issues involved in the electronic exchange of health records between the entities
for the delivery of patient care. (MHRA)

More Information

Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF) published a press release August 13 2012 titled ‘State Health Exchange Data Sharing Promotes Major Privacy Intrusions According to Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom.’.

Report to the US Government Accountability Office: Health Information Technology. HHS Is Taking Steps to Develop a National Strategy, May 2005