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Texas Children's Health Plan Interoperability APIs

Empower yourself with more tools to improve and maintain great health!


Through the new online member portal, Texas Children’s Health Plan members can use their health data to discover the latest health care and fitness apps. Once connected, you will be able to get an accurate picture of your health and elevate your fitness progress to new heights.

How does it work?

When you sign up, you will have easy access to your medical records. Once you have a good picture of your health information, you can connect to your favorite apps to take full control of your health and fitness experience.

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Privacy Statement

Thank you for visiting Texas Children’s Health Plan website. We are committed to ensuring that visitor to our website understand our privacy practices. This Privacy Statement explains: (1) what personal information about you may be collected; (2) how personal information about you will be used; (3) who may have access to personal information about you; and (4) how we protect your personal information within our secure website. This privacy statement applies only to this website and the information collected on this website.

It is important for patients to take an active role in protecting their health information. Helping patients know what to look for when choosing an app can help patients make more informed decisions. Patients should look for an easy-to-read privacy policy that clearly explains how the app will use their data. If an app does not have a privacy policy, patients should be advised not to use the app. Patients should consider:

  • What health data will this app collect? Will this app collect non-health data from mydevice, such as my location?
  • Will my data be stored in a de-identified or anonymized form?
  • How will this app use my data?
  • Will this app disclose my data to third parties?
    • Will this app sell my data for any reason, such as advertising or research?
    • Will this app share my data for any reason? If so, with whom? For what purpose?
  • How can I limit this app’s use and disclosure of my data?
  • What security measures does this app use to protect my data?
  • What impact could sharing my data with this app have on others, such as my family members?
  • How can I access my data and correct inaccuracies in data retrieved by this app?
  • Does this app have a process for collecting and responding to user complaints?
  • If I no longer want to use this app, or if I no longer want this app to have access to my health information, how do I terminate the app’s access to my data?
  • What is the app’s policy for deleting my data once I terminate access? Do I have to do more than just delete the app from my device?
  • How does this app inform users of changes that could affect its privacy practices?
  • If the app’s privacy policy does not clearly answer these questions, patients should reconsider using the app to access their health information. Health information is very sensitive information, and patients should be careful to choose apps with strong privacy and security standards to protect it.

Some patients, particularly patients who are covered by Qualified Health Plans (QHPs) on the Federally-facilitated Exchanges (FFEs), may be part of an enrollment group where they share the same health plan as multiple members of their tax household. Often, the primary policy holder and other members, can access information for all members of an enrollment group unless a specific request is made to restrict access to member data. Patients should be informed about how their data will be accessed and used if they are part of an enrollment group based on the enrollment group policies of their specific health plan in their specific state. Patients who share a tax household but who do not want to share an enrollment group have the option of enrolling individual household members into separate enrollment groups, even while applying for Exchange coverage and financial assistance on the same application; however, this may result in higher premiums for the household and some members, (i.e. dependent minors, may not be able to enroll in all QHPs in a service area if enrolling in their own enrollment group) and in higher total out-of-pocket expenses if each member has to meet a separate annual limitation on cost sharing (i.e., Maximum Out-of-Pocket (MOOP)). 

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) enforces the HIPAA Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification Rules, and the Patient Safety Act and Rule. You can find more information about patient rights under HIPAA and who is obligated to follow HIPAA here:

You may also want to share with patients the HIPAA FAQs for Individuals:

Most third-party apps will not be covered by HIPAA. Most third-party apps will instead fall under the jurisdiction of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the protections provided by the FTC Act. The FTC Act, among other things, protects against deceptive acts (e.g., if an app shares personal data without permission, despite having a privacy policy that says it will not do so). The FTC provides information about mobile app privacy and security for consumers here:

Payers should clearly explain to patients what their policy is for filing a complaint with their internal privacy office. In addition, payers should provide information about submitting a complaint to OCR or FTC, as appropriate.

To learn more about filing a complaint with OCR under HIPAA, visit:

Individuals can file a complaint with OCR using the OCR complaint portal:

Individuals can file a complaint with the FTC using the FTC complaint assistant: