Grant Funding Awarded to Help Physicians Connect to Coastal Carolina HIE

Coastal Carolinas Health Alliance (CCHA) has been awarded $1.46 million dollars in grant funding from The Duke Endowment to assist with the expansion of the regional Health Information Exchange (HIE). The establishment of an HIE will improve the coordination of patient care by providing a more timely exchange of information in the region. It will also help physicians meet requirements for Meaningful Use, the national standards being set for the delivery of health care. The regional HIE is doing business as Coastal Connect HIE (CCHIE), with the mission to ensure the private and secure sharing of patient-centric data to encourage provider collaboration to improve efficiencies in healthcare and enhance consumer satisfaction in Eastern North Carolina.

The grant funding, to be provided over three years, will be used to connect Community Care of North Carolina (CCNC) and Cape Fear HealthNet providers and case managers to the CCHIE network. The grant will also help offset the costs of the orders and reporting interface connections for CCHIE’s original five pilot hospitals: Dosher Memorial Hospital, New Hanover Regional Medical Center, Pender Memorial Hospital, Sampson Regional Medical Center and Southeastern Regional Medical Center. (Source: Coastal Connect;


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