As North Carolina moves into data-driven, value-based health care, the N.C. Health Information Exchange Authority is working to modernize the state-designated health information exchange, NC HealthConnex.
NC HealthConnex is a tool to link disparate systems and existing HIE networks together to deliver a holistic view of patient records. It allows you to access your patients’ comprehensive records across multiple providers, as well as review labs, diagnostics, history, allergies, medications and more. This results in less duplicative testing, more efficient and accurate diagnoses, recommendations and treatment and improved coordination across all levels of care.
Participating providers with an ONC-certified EHR product or those that can send HL7 version 2.0 and higher can support the connection to NC HealthConnex, enabling them to access, locate and share needed patient health information with other providers at the point of care.
NC HealthConnex is working with the N.C. Division of Public Health to help providers fulfill several meaningful use objectives found in the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Program final rule. Providers can utilize NC HealthConnex for:
- N.C. Immunization Registry
- Electronic lab reporting
In addition to public health reporting, NC HealthConnex continues to enhance its value-added services. These include:
Direct secure messaging with Communicate Webmail – NC HealthConnex offers providers a health information service provider solution that is certified by DirectTrust and allows participants to send secure, encrypted messages between health care providers. Options for sending and receiving messages using the Web Communicate solution include:
- Via the NC HealthConnex web portal
- XDR message exchange integrated directly into the provider’s EHR (allowing for customization of direct addresses/domains).
Provider directory – NC HealthConnex has created a directory of the secure email addresses of NC HealthConnex participants and North Carolina providers participating in DirectTrust. The current number of HISP addresses is just over 22,000, and we expect that to grow as NC HealthConnex grows. The directory will be made available to participants in a .csv file, so they can input it into their workflow however best suits their needs.