“Imagine a severe storm disrupts services at opioid treatment programs (OTPs) in your community, leaving most of them closed due to flooding and loss of power. Then imagine being a patient whose access to needed medications could mean the difference between sustaining recovery or relapsing. Fortunately, OTPs in a nearby community are open and providing services.
When this happens, can OTPs share patient data with other OTPs and help patients receive accurate dosages of their medications? How can individuals control the exchange of their patient data? Can this process work in a way that adheres to federal confidentiality laws?
These were some of the questions SAMHSA explored through its OTP service continuity project. SAMHSA and a team of partners worked together to determine if a health information exchange (HIE) organization can exchange patient medication and demographic information between OTPs during a service interruption—and remain compliant with federal confidentiality laws.”
Source: The Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration – November 13, 2015