HIPAA, Privacy & Security

Privacy, Security, and Policies

Protecting Patient Privacy is our #1 Priority

The privacy of your personal health information is very important to us and our participants. The HIE is designed to protect patient information more effectively than the previous system of paper records by using technical safeguards including encryption and multiple levels of password protection. Electronic records offer the added security of electronic tracking systems, which provide a history of when records have been accessed and who has accessed them.

QHN uses advanced technologies, documented procedures, and sound business practices to ensure all health information in our HIE is secure. Only authorized healthcare providers involved in the care of a patient, or those providing services to a patient, can access the individually identifiable electronic patient records in the QHN system.

All systems, including provider’s electronic health record (EHR’s) systems and QHN’s network, must comply with the security provisions of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and all applicable state and federal privacy regulations.

For more info on your choices and how an HIE operates, visit the Quick FAQs for patients page.