NEMSIS | HIPAA and Bidirectional Data Exchange White Paper

Prepared by Page, Wolfberg, and Wirth

Overview

Emergency Medical Service (EMS) agencies nationwide still widely report that hospitals and other healthcare providers refuse to share patient information with them, citing concerns under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).1 Misconceptions about HIPAA have created an  artificial barrier to legitimate, approved bidirectional data exchange between EMS and other providers. As a result, many healthcare systems are missing a critical opportunity to improve patient outcomes and advance evidence-based practices in prehospital care.

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