Health Information Technology
The North Carolina Hospital Association supports hospitals as they strive to achieve meaningful use of health information technology (HIT) and electronic health records (EHR) to create clinical and administrative improvements. NCHA's goals are aligned with those of the ARRA HITECH Act and the State of North Carolina in the areas of electronic health record (EHR) implementation, health information exchange (HIE), quality reporting, broadband access and education:
- NCHA Strategic Partners is evaluating qualified vendors to provide value-based purchasing of strategic planning and EHR implementation services to hospitals.
- NCHA is partnering with Thomson Reuters to develop a pilot HIE of hospitals and physician practices called the North Carolina Healthcare Exchange (NCHEX) that will leverage existing technology that was installed as part of the NCHESS project, a state-mandated ED data program to benefit the state's syndromic surveillance and epidemiological research efforts. The NCHEX pilot includes Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital, a 529-bed general acute care hospital is Greensboro, NC, WakeMed Hospital, a 752-bed general acute care hospital in Raleigh, NC, and their combined 54 physician practices and specialty clinics.
- The North Carolina Center for Hospital Quality and Patient Safety, a federally designated Patient Safety Organization, is leading our hospital quality improvement activities and will assist hospitals with the 15 quality reporting measures outlined in the final rule.
- NCHA has partnered with the North Carolina TeleHealth Network (NCTN) to create a private statewide broadband network of healthcare providers to help meet the growing bandwidth needs that will result from EHR adoption and HIE activities. The hospital phase of the project is known as NCTN-H and will provide an 85% discount for public and not-for-profit hospitals; other hospitals will be able to leverage a volume discount and join the network as well. Hospitals have recently been made aware of the opportunity and the project is expected to go live in late 2010.
- NCHA's North Carolina Rural Health Center is coordinating with rural and Critical Access hospitals to leverage education opportunities through the Regional Educational Center funding program from ONC to assist hospitals with HIT education and EHR adoption advise.
If you have questions about any HIT-related topics, please contact Mark Bell at 919-677-4141.