NC HIEA May 2022 Update

North Carolina ranks first nationally for safe hospitals, cybersecurity is a health care leadership imperative, and May brings awareness to mental health.

Mental Health Awareness Month in May brought focus to connecting the public with critical tools, medical providers, and community support. More than 1.4 million adults in North Carolina experience a mental health condition at some point in their lives, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

NC HealthConnex gives participating health care providers increased visibility of their patients' health challenges across the care continuum – mental, physical, and behavioral. Read more about how NC HealthConnex supports behavioral health providers.

North Carolina Ranks No. 1 in Nation for Safest Hospitals

The Leapfrog Group Spring 2022 Hospital Safety Grades shows that North Carolina has the highest percentage of top-rated hospitals in the United States based on 30 safety and patient experience measures.

Cybersecurity is a Leadership Imperative, American Hospital Association Says

Health care is under attack as never before by cybercriminals, putting care delivery and patients' protected health information and safety at risk. The American Hospital Association urges the leaders of health care organizations to make an imperative commitment to cyber defense.

In a Transformation Talks video, the AHA Center for Health Innovation Today calls for leadership to view cybersecurity as a patient-safety, enterprise-risk and strategic priority. Cybersecurity must be built into each hospital’s enterprise risk-management, governance and business-continuity framework.

Watch the video.

In this video, hear from:

  • John Riggi, AHA national adviser for cybersecurity and risk, on four main concerns from a possible Russian cyberattack
  • Salwa Raffe, Accenture global managing director of health care security, on business continuity plans for hospitals and health systems
  • Darren Lacey, chief information security officer at Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Medicine, on what health care leaders should focus on to prevent cyberattacks

Read more cybersecurity news and tips in the N.C. Department of Information Technology's Enterprise Security and Risk Management Office's April Cybersecurity newsletter.

Find more cybersecurity and risk management resources from the N.C. Department of Information Technology.

NC HealthConnex's National Reach Expands Through the Patient Centered Data Home

The NC HIEA extends the reach of NC HealthConnex with participation in the Patient Centered Data Home (PCDH)™ national network, a secure health data exchange initiative of the Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative (SHIEC) that notifies North Carolina providers when their patients receive out-of-state care.

The PCDH enables NC HealthConnex to exchange patient data with out-of-state networks including:

  • Alabama – One Health Record
  • Arkansas – SHARE
  • Arizona – Health Current
  • California – LA Network for Enhanced Services
  • California – San Diego Health Connect
  • California – Santa Cruz HIE
  • Colorado – Quality Health Network
  • Colorado – Regional Health Information Organization
  • East Tennessee Health Information Network
  • Idaho – Health Data Exchange
  • Indiana – Health Information Exchange
  • Indiana – HealthLINC
  • Indiana – Michiana Health Information Network
  • Iowa – Health Information Network
  • Kentucky – KHIE
  • Louisiana – Health Information Exchange
  • Maryland – Chesapeake Regional Information System
  • Michigan – Great Lakes Health Connect
  • Missouri – Health Connection
  • Montana – Big Sky Care Connect-HIE
  • Nebraska – Health Information Initiative
  • Nevada – HealthHIE
  • New York – HEALTHeLINK
  • North Dakota – Health Information Network
  • Ohio – The Health Collaborative
  • Oklahoma – MyHealth Access Network
  • Oregon – Reliance eHealth Collaborative
  • Texas – HASA
  • Utah – Health Information Network
  • West Virginia – Health Information Network

Upcoming Events

  • Civitas Webinar on Navigating ePHI, EHI Export and DRS Data Regulation It’s December 2023 – Do You Know Where Your Data Are? The Definitive Guide to ePHI, EHI Export and Designated Record Sets – Thursday, June 9, 1 p.m. – View this webinar from the Civitas Networks for Health.
  • NC HIEA Advisory Board Meeting – Thursday, June 16, 2022, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. – Find out how to join the second quarterly meeting of the NC HIEA Advisory Board.
  • NC Legislative Session Adjourns – Thursday, June 30, 2022

In the News

How Medicaid Can Address Youth Homelessness, Behavioral Health – States can leverage Medicaid programs to expand the continuum of care and improve coordination between state agencies to address youth homelessness and behavioral health needs.

STAR HIE Program Supports Public Health Agencies Throughout COVID-19 – The STAR HIE program funded advancements that have driven interoperability, enhanced public health data capabilities, increased vaccination data sharing, and reduced reporting burden.

3 Use Cases for Health Data Interoperability in Patient-Centered Care – Care coordination, advance care planning, and even dental HIE are critical use cases for how health data interoperability can support patient-centered care delivery.

Op-Ed: California's Need for a Statewide Health Information Exchange Network from a Population Health Perspective – California’s utilization of a HIE demonstrates that today's practice of medicine isn’t confined to the four walls of hospitals and clinics. Data-driven decision-making is critical in caring for patients – especially for those usually not on doctors’ radar.

CVS Health: More Americans Value Mental Health Conversations – A survey finds that increasingly more adults value discussing mental health with clinicians, friends, family members, and even coworkers.