HIEA Updates

New Platform for NC HealthConnex to Launch in April

The NC Health Information Exchange Authority (NC HIEA) is pleased to announce that NC HealthConnex will be powered by the InterSystems HealthShare HIE platform beginning in April.  Participants can look forward to:

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Preparing to Support Medicaid Managed Care

This year is sure to bring great change to the business models for North Carolina’s health care providers as the State plans to launch Medicaid Managed Care in the latter half of the year. For many providers this will mean reevaluating their approaches to population health and care management of their patients.

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Connecting the State, One Organization at a Time

The NC HIEA has been incredibly busy in 2018, connecting health care facilities across North Carolina and planning for the next three years of growth. By the end of 2021, we anticipate NC HealthConnex will link more than 85% of health care providers statewide to efficiently share patient data and improve care delivery and outcomes.

A NC HIEA Roadmap 2021 that provides strategic focus and details key initiatives and goals is currently under development and anticipated to be available by early 2019.

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NC HIEA Update

With the storm now moving out of the state, much work remains to move displaced citizens back to their communities. At the time of this writing, over 15,000 residents in 150 shelters across the state wait for confirmation that they can return home.

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Friday, June 1, 2018, marked the first mandated deadline for the HIE Act (NCSL 2015-241 as amended by NCSL 2017-57) whereby hospitals, physcians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners with an electronic health record (EHR) system and who participate in Medicaid must have initiated a connection to NC HealthConnex, North Carolina’s designated statewide health information exchange network.

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The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Rural Health (ORH) and Division of Medical Assistance (DMA) partnered with the N.C. Health Information Exchange Authority (NC HIEA) to launch a program that will assist behavioral health, mental health, and intellectual development and disability practices with purchasing electronic health record (EHR) technology and establishing connectivity to the state-designated health information exchange, NC HealthConnex.

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The NC HIEA team will present two sessions at the upcoming annual conference of the North Carolina Chapter of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). Titled: From the Mountains to the Sea: Healthcare Innovation Across the Carolinas, this two-day event in Charlotte offers an excellent and economical opportunity to learn from and network with health care IT professionals to inspire innovation and improve health care delivery and technologies throughout the State.

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