For Patients

HealthInfoNet is Maine's health information exchange, a secure statewide computer system for doctors, hospitals and other health care providers to share important health information and improve patient care.

HealthInfoNet helps patients receive better, easier, safer health care. HealthInfoNet combines your key medical information from separate health care sites to create a single electronic patient health record. Currently this record includes only information from your Maine-based providers. Always be sure to tell your provider if you've had medical care out of the state. Providers already share patient health records through fax, email, and mail when needed for your care. HealthInfoNet makes it easier, faster, and more secure.

HealthInfoNet allows your providers to quickly access the information they need to make more informed decisions about your care, especially in an emergency. Without using HealthInfoNet, providers have only the information you've shared with them or they've entered into your medical record. But with HealthInfoNet, they see a more complete record, including prescriptions, test results and other information entered by all your participating providers.

HealthInfoNet includes important patient health information. A patient's HealthInfoNet record includes your conditions, diagnoses, prescriptions, allergies, lab and test results, visit notes and documents like hospital discharge summaries and image reports. To make sure health information is entered into the right record, the system includes information like your name, birth date, sex, and address.

HealthInfoNet helps providers work together, make better decisions and reduce mistakes. Some of the benefits of HealthInfoNet include better coordination between providers, more accurate and complete records, fewer medical errors, healthier patients, improved patient safety, fewer repeat tests and procedures, less paperwork, reduced health care costs and faster reporting of public health threats to Maine CDC.

HealthInfoNet keeps records private and secure. All information in the system is encrypted and sent over private and secure computer connections. Only authorized users with correct identification and passwords can access your record, and the system keeps track of who has looked at each patient’s record, when and what parts they looked at. Patients can request a report of this information by contacting HealthInfoNet or filling out the online audit request form.

HealthInfoNet protects public health. HealthInfoNet helps prevent the spread of disease by quickly reporting certain illnesses and conditions (like Lyme disease or food poisoning), to public health experts at the Maine Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC). By law, the Maine CDC must keep this information private.

Download our full patient handout to learn more about HealthInfoNet and the health information exchange.