Coastal Connect Health Information Exchange was created in 2011 as a way to securely connect healthcare providers and hospitals in and around southeastern North Carolina. By electronically sharing patient medical information, the connected entities increase the efficiency of patient care. Having patient information available in real time has decreased the duplication of tests and procedures as well as improved care management and the overall patient experience.
CCHIE provides a range of valuable applications that are central to the improvement of the practices’ workflow and patient care. For example,
- Physicians can coordinate medical care when they receive notification that one of their patients is in the Emergency Department
- Care providers can be alerted to an admission or discharge, so follow up care can be scheduled
- Physicians are able to follow inpatient care
- Providers have timely access to tests, procedures, and diagnostics, so a care plan can be established without duplication
- Physicians and other care team members can communicate in a secure encrypted environment
CCHIE has improved care coordination while reducing costs and administrative burdens across the continuum of care.
The area served by the Coastal Connect initiative is geographically and demographically diverse. CCHIE includes urban, suburban, and rural areas of southeastern NC with a significant portion of people either under insured or lacking insurance. Additionally, much of the connected area is under-served with available primary care physicians. (NC-DHHS data)
Coastal Connect Health Information Exchange distributes electronic information among healthcare providers (e.g., physicians, hospitals, community health agencies) and consumers to improve health care delivery and outcomes for citizens in Eastern North Carolina.
Within the next 5 years, Coastal Connect Health Information Exchange will continue its efforts to improve the delivery of healthcare for the citizens of southeastern NC.
CCHIE will keep connecting organizations that assist in patient care management and care coordination. CCHIE looks to expand its data sources; including regional labs, diagnostic centers, physician practices, and community clinics. CCHIE will follow the Board of Directors directive to go deeper into the healthcare community by connecting skilled nursing facilities, home health, dentists, and other allied health professionals.
Additionally, as functionality and technology develop, CCHIE will continue to provide its participants applications that improve workflow, improve patient care, and improve overall health.