Well, it finally happened! As a result of my visit to an emergency room in Santa Barbara County on Friday afternoon, I am a patient/consumer of the Santa Barbara County Care Data Exchange (SBCCDE)! I checked into the emergency room and of course had to repeat health history information found on my personal heatlh record (PHR) (which no one in the ER had access) to the various caregivers. I had a lot of lab tests, an ultrasound, a CT Scan and then the x-ray.
The technician asked whether I had a history of radiology tests and then mentioned that he did not see any at other providers here in Santa Barbara. I asked if he knew this because he was using the SBCCDE and he said "yes" (a bit surprised by my question). I explained that I had worked on the project and was really excited to learn that it was being used in my care.
The staff at the hospital were great! I saw many examples of technology being used in my treatment, but also saw opportunities for improvement -- access to the information on my PHR is the biggest. However, it takes time to put all of the pieces into place. I'm just happy to know that the SBCCDE is available for me!