The NDHIN offers many benefits to patients, but your participation is voluntary. By default, your medical information may be shared through the North Dakota Health Information Network. If your health care providers are participating in the NDHIN, they are required to notify you of their participation. When you visit a participating provider you will receive a notice, which may accompany the provider’s HIPAA privacy notification.

Opting Out

You have the right to opt out of participation in the North Dakota Health Information Network. Opt out means an individual’s written decision that the individual’s protected health information cannot be shared through the North Dakota Health Information Network except as required by law or as authorized by the individual in an emergency.

We encourage you to first talk to your doctor about this decision or to review our FAQs about the North Dakota Health Information Network. By opting out of participation in the NDHIN, emergency room doctors and other medical professionals may not have access to your complete medical information which could save your life in some situations. However, you will NOT be denied medical care if you decide not to share your health information through the NDHIN.

To Opt Out or change a prior election, fill out the Opt Out/Revoke Opt Out form. You can either fill out and send in or submit online.

 

Changing a prior election or Revoking an Opt Out decision

If you have previously opted out of participation in the NDHIN, you may change a prior election at any time. You can change a prior election with a participating provider or directly with the NDHIN.

Information on this procedure will be provided in the near future.

For more information about The Health Information Network please visit our Consumers page and FAQs for consumers.

You may also contact us with any questions.

  • Your health care provider may not have the most current information about you, such as recent lab or xray reports.
  • Your health care provider may not have a complete summary of all your medications and any medication allergies or reactions you had in the past.
  • If you later decide to change a prior election, your health record may not be as complete and up to date.                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Even if you opt out of participation in the NDHIN, a treating health care provider will still be able to select the NDHIN as a way to receive your lab results, radiology reports, and other data sent directly to any treating health care provider that the provider may have previously received by fax, mail, or other electronic communications. 

  • Your decision to opt out of participation in the NDHIN will not prevent a health care provider from disclosing your Protected Health Information to the extent required by law and the use or disclosure complies with and is limited to the relevant requirements of those laws (for example, immunization records of minors and required public health reporting). However, any reported information required by law will not be available to other health care providers except as permitted by law. 
  • To maintain a record of your choice to opt out of participation in the NDHIN, your name and limited identifying information will be kept in the NDHIN index. 
  • Any health information provided through NDHIN before opting out of participation will only be available to your health care provider.