Getting Your Data to the Right Place at the Right Time

CRISP gives your healthcare providers a view into your medical history, thus giving you a more efficient, safer, and quicker patient experience.

What is CRISP?

CRISP is the designated Health Information Exchange (HIE) in Maryland and the District of Columbia. An HIE is a way of instantly sharing health information among doctors’ offices, hospitals, labs, radiology centers, and other healthcare organizations. CRISP allows your providers and organizations coordinating your care to view your medical history. For example, providers can review recent lab results or see information about your recent hospital encounters. This timely sharing of information allows organizations to provide safer, more timely, efficient patient-centered care. CRISP’s priority is to keep all of your health information secure.

Our Mission

How does it work?

How is my data kept safe?

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

What are the risks of a Health Information Exchange?

Your Health Info

What Kinds of Information Does CRISP Have About Me?

Healthcare providers will share information about you through CRISP that they believe is important for your other healthcare providers to know about. CRISP may have access to Health Records from your doctors, hospitals, and pharmacies that you have visited. Among other things, providers may share your test results, radiology images, or notes about your care. They may also share a short summary containing important information.

CRISP is connected to all 48 hospitals in Maryland and shares hospital information such as discharge paperwork and labs with your other providers. Certain sensitive information, such as addiction treatment details, can only be shared with your written consent.

If your healthcare provider shares information with CRISP or views your information in CRISP, they will let you know this through their Notice of Privacy Practices; a document that you get when you check-in for an appointment.

How is My Data Used?

CRISP follows all federal and state laws and will only share your data for the following purposes: healthcare treatment, care coordination, quality improvement, public health, and research. CRISP does not share any of your information for payment or marketing purposes.

CRISP only allows providers to use healthcare information that its Clinical Advisory Committee thinks will help improve healthcare. The purposes that have been approved for using data are listed below. If the Clinical Advisory Board decides to allow other uses of your information, those uses will be added to the list below.

Reasons for Sharing Health Information

Treatment

Care Coordination

Public Health

Quality Improvement

Research

Hospital Reports

Your Rights

What Health Information Rights Do I Have?

State and federal laws give you specific rights about your health data and whether it is shared through CRISP. You have the right to:

  • Request a list of people who have viewed your healthcare information. To make the request, use the online form or download the PDF.
  • Opt-out of CRISP. To make the request, use the online form.
  • Be notified if your information has been viewed by an unauthorized person.

Can I Opt-Out of CRISP?

You decide if you want CRISP to share your health information. You can opt out of CRISP at any time. If you opt out, doctors and nurses will not be able to search for your Health Records through the HIE, and your information will not be available in the event of an emergency. Your records will not be available for research or quality improvement. Any information that a doctor may have seen in CRISP and entered into your medical record before you opted out will stay in your medical record with that doctor but will not be shared through CRISP. You can also choose to opt out of having your data used for research only. If you choose the “Research Only” opt-out option, your data will still be shared through the HIE for uses related to your clinical care, but it will not be available to researchers for approved clinical studies as part of the CRISP Research Initiative.

Your doctors will still be able to select CRISP to get your data sent directly to them from labs. Also, Maryland law does not allow you to opt out of public health reporting, such as the reporting of specific diseases to public health officials. CRISP is required to make these reports even if you have opted out.

The Maryland Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) is also required by law, so information about your prescriptions will still be shared on the CRISP HIE network even if you have opted out.

How Do I Opt-Out?

Opting out of the CRISP HIE network is easy. You can do it three ways:

Resources

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I control who sees my information in CRISP?

If I have opt-ed out, can I opt back into CRISP?

Does CRISP share my health information with employers?

Can my information be seen in an emergency?

Is my information shared with doctors outside of Maryland?

Does CRISP share information about my addiction treatment?

How do I know if my doctor participates with CRISP?

How far back will my online records go?

What do I do if I think an unauthorized person viewed my records?

Can I see the information CRISP has about me?

What can I do if there is a mistake in the information CRISP has about me?

Do health insurance companies have access to my data?

Do my providers know if I have opted-out?

Can a person under the age of 18 opt-out of CRISP?