Posted by: RedaChouffani
With the recent federal grants awarded for the state of North Carolina health information exchange and EHR training programs, this state has been very busy planning and preparing for a state wide health information exchange platform.
In just the last 8 months, 4 separate HIE initiatives have been established. From the east coast under CCHIE (Coastal Carolinas Health Alliance), NCHEX (North Carolina Hospital Association) ,
Sandhills HIE (Sandhills Community Care Plan) , and Southern Piedmont Community Care Plan HIE (Southern Piedmont Community Care Plan).
This will mean that participating clinicians will be able to review and access patient records electronically and view admission information, lab results, radiology reports, Medication list, History and Physicals, Progress Notes, transcribed reports.
One August 20th, of 2010 one local non-profit organization NCHICA (North Carolina Health Information and Communications Alliance) in collaboration NC Health and Wellness Trust Fund (who has been nominated by NC State governor Bev Perdue to manage the NC HITECH awarded federal grant) have released to the public the draft for operational plans for the NCHIE. This can be accessed via the following link: here. Although there are only 5 days until the deadline to submit comments, the public is encouraged to provide input on the proposed 183 page long document for the NCHIE.