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Your Guide to Understanding Health Information Organizations

What is an HIO? Why is it important?
A Health Information Organization (HIO) is a group of healthcare facilities established to help patients and their authorized healthcare providers, treating the same patient, share — or exchange — relevant healthcare information. A health information exchange helps ensure
that only patients and caregivers who are authorized—including physicians, hospitals, labs, etc.—have secure, instant access to your vital medical information. This helps your caregiver have access to needed medical information to provide you with the best care possible.
How is Children's Specialized involved?
With Children's Specialized Connect, you can easily access your child's medical records at our hospital, and any other provider in the Jersey Health Connect system.
What are the benefits of HIO to patients?
Historically, a major obstacle in care delivery has been untimely and limited access to patient medical information. Since most patients see multiple providers, their medical information has to be shared across different systems based on different technologies. These technical differences create barriers to both sharing and using information in a timely manner, resulting in delays, duplicated efforts and testing, potential errors, etc.
How is my medical information secured?
Protecting patient privacy is a top priority for Jersey Health Connect and access to patient data is strictly regulated. Many State and Federal laws set strict guidelines for protecting patient privacy. Additionally, Jersey Health Connect has internal requirements above and beyond those set by law.
Can I choose not to participate?
In the event that you are not comfortable with participating in Jersey Health Connect, you can choose to opt out. By doing so, your healthcare providers will not be able to access your health information through Jersey Health Connect.
Participating hospitals in New Jersey:
Atlantic Health System
Barnabas Health
CentraState Healthcare System
Holy Name Medical Center
Hunterdon Healthcare
JFK Health System
Robert Wood Johnson Health System
Summit Medical Group
Saint Clare's Health System
Saint Peter's University Hospital
Somerset Medical Center
Trinitas Regional Medical Center
Vista Health System LLC