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The UC San Diego Health System and Health Information Exchanges

Health Information Exchanges

A health information exchange allows your provider to access clinical information about you from other treating facilities. The UC San Diego Health System participates in two health information exchanges: the San Diego Beacon Health Information Exchange and Care Everywhere.

The San Diego Beacon Health Information Exchange

The San Diego Beacon Health Information Exchange (SD Beacon Exchange) allows healthcare providers, clinics and hospitals to access electronic patient information from all participating sites for consenting patients. When a patient is seen by a UCSD provider for diagnostic or treatment purposes, the provider’s electronic medical record will query the health information exchange for outside records. The SD Beacon Exchange will aggregate records from multiple sites for a requesting provider to view through a single portal. This information should help providers make better-informed decisions and reduce the risk of patients receiving inappropriate treatment.

Watch a video about SD Beacon Exchange project.

The SD Beacon Exchange is currently sharing information with the San Diego Veterans’ Administration Medical Center. If you receive care at the VA, please click here to learn more about their consent process.

Care Everywhere

The UC San Diego Health System also participates in the Care Everywhere Health Information Exchange (Care Everywhere). Care Everywhere allows your provider to query other treatment centers that use Epic, the electronic medical record system used at UC San Diego Health System.

Care Everywhere Site List

View treatment centers participating in Care Everywhere by state:

AK | AL | AR | AZ | CA | CO | CT | DE | FL | GA | HI | IA | IL | IN | KY | LA | MA | MD | MI

MN | MO | MS | MT | NC | ND | NY | OH | OR | PA | SC | SD | TX | VA | WA | WI | WV

What Does This Mean to You as a Patient?

Your electronic health information will be accessible only to doctors and health care personnel who are providing you with medical care. Your electronic health information will only be stored within each treating provider’s secure electronic medical record system. When you are seen at a UC San Diego Health System clinical site, you will be given the option to either:

  1. Share your personal health information in all clinical encounters, OR 
  2. Never share your personal health information, even in an emergency

Your consent to share personal health information will apply to both the SD Beacon Exchange and Care Everywhere.

If you consent to share your personal health information, your information will be shared with:

  1. Providers who are treating you
  2. The San Diego Immunization Registry
  3. San Diego County Public Health services as mandated by federal and state laws

Your electronic health information will be transmitted in a safe and secure manner. The SD Beacon Exchange will only store your identifying information and some markers about where you have received care. The Exchange will not store any clinical information about you.