What is CRISP?

CRISP is Maryland’s Health Information Exchange (HIE). This means the State of Maryland has chosen CRISP to safely and securely share your health care information electronically with your health care providers, such as your doctors, hospitals, and pharmacies. CRISP’s mission is to help health care providers give their patients better care and lower health care costs. Our priority is to keep all of your health care information safe and secure.

Our Mission

We will support the healthcare community of Maryland and our region to appropriately and securely share health information in order to facilitate care, reduce costs, and improve health outcomes.

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How does it work?

CRISP is securely connected to hospitals and other health care providers. All Maryland hospitals share some basic information about all their patients such as when they have been admitted to or discharged from a hospital. Hospitals and other health care providers may share other types of information such as lab results or hospital paper work. CRISP also shows your providers when other providers sign up to be alerted about your hospital visits.

Doctors or your other health care providers can search CRISP to view your health information and can sign up to be contacted when you visit a hospital. CRISP may not have all your health information because some of your providers may not yet be sharing information with CRISP or may be sharing only some of your data.

How is my data kept safe?

All providers who use CRISP agree to keep your data safe and not share it with anyone not allowed to see it. They agree to follow state and federal laws. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is the main law that governs health data sharing.

Keeping patient data safe is a CRISP priority. CRISP has advisory boards with health care providers and consumers that help CRISP keep your information safe and only seen by people who should see it and used for an allowable purpose.

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What is the value of a Health Information Exchange (HIE)?

A Health Information Exchange may help doctors, hospitals and other health care providers provide faster, better care. CRISP offers fast access to your health data in a safe way. >For example, if you were in an emergency room and unable to answer questions, the doctor or nurse could check CRISP to make sure you didn’t have allergies or medical conditions that would affect your treatment.

A Health Information Exchange may also lower health care costs by helping to prevent repeated tests because doctors can check CRISP to see results from previous tests or labs.

What are the risks of a Health Information Exchange?

CRISP works hard to protect all your information and to make sure that only authorized health care providers can see your records. There are some risks to participating with CRISP. It is possible but rare that data could be shared by mistake with someone who wasn’t supposed to see it. CRISP uses many security and audit measures to make sure this doesn’t happen. If an unauthorized person does access your information, we will tell your doctor and he/she will notify you of what happened.