Health Information Exchange

Ridgecrest Regional Hospital is exploring health information exchange vendors for electronic access and storage of your health information. This will allow us to provide better care for you by having fast access to your complete medical information and can reduce your costs. For example, as tests won’t need to be repeated.

Health information exchange implementation is a lengthy process, so patient portal access will be provided first. A patient portal is a secure online website where patients can access personal health information, such as visit summaries and lab results. Southern Sierra Medical Clinic now offers patient portal access and Ridgecrest Regional Hospital and the Rural Health Clinic will start offering patient portal access by this fall.

What is HIE and Why Does it Matter to You?

Health Information Exchange Information

Electronic Health Records: How they connect you and your doctors?

In the past, medical data was only stored on paper, making it difficult for your health care providers to share your information. With the increased number of doctors using electronic health records, it is easier for you and all of your doctors to coordinate your care, and often reducing the chance of medical errors.
Where are electronic health records headed? In this Infographic, view the history of electronic health records and see how they may improve your health and health care in the future.

Recommended sites for additional information

Resources for Families and Caregivers: Better Care Through Technology
State of California Office of Health Information Integrity

Health IT for Patients and Families
Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology

“What is a Patient Portal?”
Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology

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