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Health Information Technology in Indiana

In an effort to anticipate the greater use of health information technology, the state of Indiana has enacted a law that deals with the health information practices of an interactive internet medical practice site.1   Indiana law also requires that patient medical records must include all copies of the patient related electronic communications, including emails between the patient and physician, prescriptions and laboratory results.2  The law also regulates the use of patient-physician electronic mail communications.  Physicians are required to maintain policies and procedures that govern the use of email communications.  The policies must include a privacy policy, quality measures, and emergency protocol.3

Further developments in the state’s health information technology program include the creation of the Indiana Health Informatics Corporation.  The Corporation must develop a plan for a statewide health information exchange, and facilitate technological improvements to that end.4  The law provides that the health information exchange developed by the Corporation must be compliant with the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).5

 

Footnotes

  • 1. 844 Ind. Admin. Code 5-3-7
  • 2. 844 Ind. Admin. Code 5-3-6
  • 3. 844 Ind. Admin. Code 5-3-4
  • 4. Ind. Code §5-31-6-1
  • 5. Ind. Code §5-31-6-3

 

Health Information Technology in Indiana

Subtopic Statute/Regulation Description
Electronic pharmacy, including e-prescriptions and e-prescribing Informed Consent – 844 Ind. Admin. Code 5-3-5 A written agreement must be used that documents the patient’s informed consent for the use of patient-physician email.  The agreement must...
Requirements for Written Communications Via Electronic Mail – 844 Ind. Admin. Code 5-3-4 Additionally, physicians must maintain written policies and procedures for the use of patient-physician electronic mail.  The policies and...
Personal health records (PHRs) Informed Consent – 844 Ind. Admin. Code 5-3-5 A written agreement must be used that documents the patient’s informed consent for the use of patient-physician email.  The agreement must...
Security of electronic health records and PHRs Informed Consent – 844 Ind. Admin. Code 5-3-5 A written agreement must be used that documents the patient’s informed consent for the use of patient-physician email.  The agreement must...
Requirements for Medical Record Maintenance in Interactive Internet Medical Practice Sites – 844 Ind. Admin. Code 5-3-7 Interactive internet medical practice sites are practice locations, and must clearly disclose to patients the following: ·   ...
Telemedicine and telehealth Informed Consent – 844 Ind. Admin. Code 5-3-5 A written agreement must be used that documents the patient’s informed consent for the use of patient-physician email.  The agreement must...
Requirements for Medical Record Maintenance in Interactive Internet Medical Practice Sites – 844 Ind. Admin. Code 5-3-7 Interactive internet medical practice sites are practice locations, and must clearly disclose to patients the following: ·   ...
Electronic health records (EHRs) Requirement to Include Electronic Communications in Patient Medical Records – 844 Ind. Admin. Code 5-3-6 The medical record must include written or electronic copies of all patient related electronic communications, including: Patient-physician email...
Electronic reporting requirements Requirements for Certificates of Death and Stillbirth – Ind. Code Ann. § 16-37-3 The individual in charge of interment of a stillborn child or dead body must file a certificate of death or of stillborn with the local health...
Information security programs (if electronic) Requirements for Written Communications Via Electronic Mail – 844 Ind. Admin. Code 5-3-4 Additionally, physicians must maintain written policies and procedures for the use of patient-physician electronic mail.  The policies and...