Are You Connected? June 1 Deadline To Connect to NC Health Information Exchange

State law requires all physicians and physician assistants who receive state funds for treating patients through programs including Medicaid, NC Health Choice and the State Health Plan, to be connected and submit patient demographic and clinical data to the state’s Health Information Exchange, HealthConnex, by June 1, 2018.

NC HealthConnex was created in 2015 by the North Carolina General Assembly to help bridge the gap between disparate systems and health care networks to support whole patient care.  The goal is to allow participants to access their patients’ comprehensive records across multiple providers as well as to review labs, diagnostics, history, allergies, medications and more. The result will be decreased redundancy; more efficient, accurate diagnoses, recommendations and treatment; and improved coordination across all levels of care.

Patient health information is automatically uploaded or linked from a participating practice’s electronic health record (EHR). The information is then standardized and aggregated across care sites allowing clinicians to seamlessly access their patients’ information either from within their EHR or within the NC HealthConnex portal depending on the type of connection.

The law mandating connection was updated in the most recent legislative session to provide more time for connectivity for those not currently using an electronic health record for patient care.  The law also allows a study on the feasibility study on those who fall under the connection mandate, but who do not have the technology to connect. The results of the study will be presented to the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Health and Human Services and the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Information Technology at the beginning of the legislative short session this spring.

To learn more about the state law, the feasibility study and how to connect, visit


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