Data & Analytics

NCHA collects and analyzes data on behalf of our members to support public health, inform advocacy and policy decisions, improve healthcare quality, and advance healthcare delivery.

Community Benefits
NCHA collects Community Benefits data on behalf of members annually. Each healthcare system reports Community Benefits for hospitals in their system. This template can be used to submit information on Community Benefits during 2023, and reported in 2024. Please return completed templates by April 15, 2024 by email to

Patient Data System
NCHA tracks healthcare trends through the Patient Data System (PDS)— a comprehensive database of patient records offered to members by NCHA. The system enables participants to analyze the healthcare market and assess market position, shifts in key product services, patient origin, quality of care, patient safety and much more. The Patient Data System program is hosted by the Hospital Industry Data Institute (HIDI), a division of the Missouri Hospital Association. Should you or any of your team have questions or concerns, please contact Tatyana Kelly and/or Jonathan Kea at NCHA. Please click here to log into the HIDINet website to submit your quarterly Patient Data System (PDS) claims data.

NC Hospital Emergency Surveillance System (NCHESS)
NCHESS was developed in 2005 through a unique public-private partnership between NCHA and the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services Division of Public Health. The system electronically monitors NC Emergency Departments in near-real time for early detection of disease outbreaks and bioterrorist attacks. General Statute 130A-480 requires every hospital with an Emergency Department to submit patient data to the State at least once every 24 hours.

NCHESS also is the designated pathway for eligible hospitals to meet the meaningful use Syndromic Surveillance objective as part of the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs. Find out more here.

North Carolina Hospital Emergency Surveillance System – Investigative Monitoring Capability (NCHESS-IMC)
NCHESS-IMC was developed as a component of NCHESS and distributed to a select number of North Carolina hospitals. The IMC component is a robust syndromic surveillance tool that allows Public Health epidemiologists to view and respond to clinical alerts by reaching back into hospital lab results. The IMC component is proprietary software provided by CareEvolution.Senior Director, Health IT and Patient Data Systems

PatientPing provides real-time admission and discharge notifications linking providers anywhere patients receive care. This program helps hospitals, health systems and post-acute facilities prevent costly readmissions and unnecessary emergency department visits, identify gaps in care, and track crucial trends in patient behavior. Find out more.

North Carolina Community Care Network (N3CN) Medicaid ADT Initiative
North Carolina hospitals participating in the NCHESS-IMC program are eligible to participate in the Medicaid ADT initiative at no cost to assist N3CN with care management activities, which in turn helps to reduce Medicaid costs in North Carolina.