The North Carolina Health Information Exchange (NC HIE) has upgraded its NC DIRECT functionality enabling participants to securely communicate providers who are part of the national DirectTrust Transitional Trust Community Bundle. This national community of trusted users follow a common set of policies related to health information exchange using direct secure messaging including certificate management policies and HIPAA compliance processes.
“This was a necessary enhancement to enable our participants to communicate patient data with a much broader pool of providers,” said Chris Scarboro, president of NC HIE. “The upgrade gives NC HIE participating organizations the ability to integrate NC HIE’s NC Direct Secure Messaging service directly with their electronic medical records (EMRs) in order to improve workflows, care coordination and patient outcomes.”
Communicating through NC DIRECT provides the ability to securely exchange a patient records ensuring that the treating provider has the most up-to-date information at the point of care.
“NC HIE has integrated the new DSM product in five hospitals and we have several more in progress over the next few months,” said Matt Bonanno, IT director of NC HIE. “The new functionality will enable hospital providers to send and receive messages without leaving their EMR, and in some cases, enable patient messaging to providers.”
Transitional Trust Community members include major EMR vendors like Athena, NextGen and Medicity as well as several other statewide and regional health information exchanges. For a full list of DirectTrust members in the Transitional Trust Community with whom NC HIE participants can now communicate, visit the DirectTrust website: http://www.directtrust.org/accreditation-status.