What is CRISP?

CRISP is the designated Health Information Exchange (HIE) in Maryland and the District of Columbia. An HIE is a way of instantly sharing health information among doctors’ offices, hospitals, labs, radiology centers, and other healthcare organizations. CRISP allows your providers and organizations coordinating your care to view your medical history. For example, providers can review recent lab results or see information about your recent hospital encounters. This timely sharing of information allows organizations to provide safer, more timely, efficient patient-centered care. CRISP’s priority is to keep all of your health information secure.

Our Mission

We will support the healthcare community of Maryland and our region to appropriately and securely share health information in order to facilitate care, reduce costs, and improve health outcomes.


How does it work?

CRISP is securely connected to hospitals and other health care providers. These organizations decide what patient information they would like to share with other providers through CRISP. Some organizations don’t share any information and simply use CRISP to view information shared by other providers. All Maryland hospitals share some basic information about their patients such as when they have been admitted to or discharged from a hospital. Hospitals and other health care providers decide what other types of information such as lab results or hospital paper work that they want to share. CRISP also shows your providers when other providers have signed up to be alerted about your hospital visits.

Doctors or your other health care providers can search CRISP to view your health information and can sign up to be contacted when you visit a hospital. CRISP may not have all your health information because some of your providers may not yet be sharing information with CRISP or may be sharing only some of your data.

How is my data kept safe?

CRISP follows all state and federal privacy laws. Also, any provider that uses CRISP agrees to keep your data safe and not share it with anyone not allowed to see it. They agree to follow state and federal laws. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is the main law that governs health data sharing.

Keeping patient data safe is a CRISP priority. CRISP uses advanced security measures to keep your Healthcare data private and secure. These measures include consistent system checks, state of the art monitoring tools, routine technology penetration testing and next generation audit capabilities. Additionally, CRISP relies on an advisory board composed of industry experts and patients to help shape our privacy and security programs. Combined, our programs help shape policies to keep your data safe and only seen by individuals who should see it to improve your care.


What is the value of a Health Information Exchange (HIE)?

A Health Information Exchange may help doctors, hospitals and other health care providers provide faster, better care. CRISP offers fast access to your health data in a safe way. For example, if you were in an emergency room and unable to answer questions, the doctor or nurse could check CRISP to make sure you didn’t have allergies or medical conditions that would affect your treatment.

A Health Information Exchange may also lower health care costs by helping to prevent repeated tests because doctors can check CRISP to see results from previous tests or labs.

What are the risks of a Health Information Exchange?

CRISP works hard to protect all your information and to make sure that only authorized health care providers can see your records. There are some risks to participating with CRISP. It is possible but rare that data could be shared by mistake with someone who wasn’t supposed to see it. CRISP uses many security and audit measures to make sure this doesn’t happen. If an unauthorized person does access your information, we will tell your doctor and he/she will notify you of what happened.