What is CurrentCare?
CurrentCare is Rhode Island’s Health Information Exchange (HIE). It is a secure electronic network that gives authorized medical professionals access to their enrolled patients’ most up-to-date protected health information (PHI) from multiple sources in one place.
More than 276,000 Rhode Island residents have given their consent for CurrentCare to collect and securely store their medical information. Patients can enroll online at www.CurrentCareRI.org or can complete a CurrentCare Enrollment and Authorization Form at doctors’ offices, community health centers, long-term care facilities, and other locations.
What information is in CurrentCare?
CurrentCare's data-sharing partners—hospitals, laboratories, pharmacies, and medical practices— supply electronic data to CurrentCare. These data include lab test results, medications, and information about physician and hospital visits. More than 20.2 million data transactions have been processed; of these, 4.5 million have matched with patients in CurrentCare and been added to their records.
How does CurrentCare work?
When patients enroll in CurrentCare, their medical information begins collecting in the system. Two CurrentCare services allow authorized medical professionals to access their patients’ data: CurrentCare Hospital Alerts and the CurrentCare Viewer. In addition to lab results and prescription medication information, Continuity of Care Documents (CCDs) and hospital admission, discharge, and transfer (ADT) information are sent to CurrentCare from data-sharing partners. Learn more.
What makes CurrentCare possible?
CurrentCare is a free service of the Rhode Island Quality Institute (RIQI) provided in cooperation with the Rhode Island Department of Health. RIQI is Rhode Island’s designated Regional Health Information Organization (RHIO), charged with bringing together health care stakeholders to improve health outcomes.
How secure is CurrentCare?
CurrentCare ensures the privacy and security of PHI and is compliant with HIPAA, the 2009 Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, and the Rhode Island Health Information Exchange Act of 2008. The RI HIE Act created a set of patient privacy and security protections for information shared through CurrentCare.
Rhode Island’s HIE uses an opt-in consent model, which means that participation is voluntary—both patients and health care providers choose whether to participate. When your patients enroll, they also choose whether all or only some of their physicians have access to their information, or if they only want health care providers to be able to see it only in an emergency. Health insurers, employers, law enforcement and others do not have access to CurrentCare.
Learn more about CurrentCare’s privacy and security policies.
To answer your patients’ questions about how their health information is protected in CurrentCare, refer to our CurrentCare FAQs.
How do I get started with CurrentCare?
To get started with patient enrollment and begin using CurrentCare’s services, see Getting Started with CurrentCare.
The RI Regional Extension Center helps providers and practices become CurrentCare enrollment partners and learn to use CurrentCare’s services.