About the NC HIEA

Health Information Exchange (HIE) systems have been in development nationwide since a federal law was passed in 2009 to promote the use of electronic movement and use of health information among health care providers.

In 2015 the General Assembly of North Carolina established a state-managed Health Information Exchange Authority (NC HIEA) to oversee and administer the NC Health Information Exchange Network (NCGS 90-414.7). The NC HIEA is housed within the NC Department of Information Technology’s (DIT) Government Data Analytics Center (GDAC).

The NC HIEA operates North Carolina’s state-designated health information exchange, NC HealthConnex, a secure, standardized electronic system in which providers can share important patient health information. The use of this system promotes the access, exchange and analysis of health information. The law also requires that health care providers who receive State funds (e.g. Medicaid, State Health Plan) to connect to NC HealthConnex by certain dates in 2018, 2020, and 2021 in order to continue to receive payments for services provided. (NCGS 90-414.4)

North Carolina’s new, modernized health information exchange, NC HealthConnex, will bring added value to the health care conversations that are happening at all levels in the health care industry. It will break down information silos between health care providers, achieve greater health care outcomes for patients and create efficiencies in state-funded health care programs such as Medicaid. Many other states have been operating health information exchanges for years and are seeing success in improving patient care.