North Carolina Health Information Exchange and Orion Health Extend the Reach of Statewide HIE

Orion HealthOrion Health, the leader in health information exchange (HIE) and healthcare integration solutions, and the North Carolina Health Information Exchange (NC HIE), today announced that NC HIE has expanded the reach and capabilities of the statewide HIE with the implementation of Orion Health Direct Secure Messaging, a secure communications network that will provide healthcare organizations throughout the state with an additional means of safely sharing health data between physicians and facilities. The success marks the latest milestone for NC HIE's development of a robust exchange that connects providers, hospitals and public health departments throughout North Carolina. NC HIE already relies on Orion Health HIE, powered by Orion Health Rhapsody Integration Engine, Clinical Data Repository and Clinical Portal, as the technology backbone for the statewide exchange.

Developed using the national standards put forth by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology’s (ONC) Direct Project, Orion Health Direct Secure Messaging is available as a standalone tool as well as part of Orion Health HIE. Orion Health Direct Secure Messaging allows medical professionals to securely send and receive text-based email messages over the Internet, including patient referrals and continuity of care documents. The network also gives healthcare organizations the ability to communicate across state lines with any ONC-compliant Direct secure messaging system, including facilities that may not have electronic health record systems in place, and meets Meaningful Use requirements.

Since going live with Orion Health HIE in April 2012, NC HIE has supported real-time access, exchange and analysis of health information. The HIE, along with Community Care of North Carolina (CCNC), is currently onboarding clinicians at physician practices, health clinics and hospitals throughout the state. To date, more than 70 providers are enrolled and have processed over 1 million transactions. In addition to being able to use Orion Health Direct Secure Messaging, branded by the HIE as NC DIRECT, providers will soon also be able to take advantage of Orion Health#s Meaningful Use-certified EMR Lite module via the HIE, which gives basic EMR functionality to providers whose organizations lack their own electronic medical record (EMR) technology.

"The implementation of NC DIRECT through Orion Health Direct Secure Messaging is another step forward in NC HIE's mission to give physicians across North Carolina access to patients' health information when and where it's needed," said Jeff Miller, CEO of the North Carolina Health Information Exchange.

"NC HIE's ongoing partnership with Orion Health will evolve as our HIE does. Orion Health's solutions give us the flexibility and guidance that we need in order to foster improvements in patient care across hospitals, physician practices and other healthcare facilities in North Carolina."

"NC HIE's implementation of Orion Health Direct Secure Messaging further extends the power and reach of its health information exchange solution, giving providers immediate access to patient data while also meeting Meaningful Use requirements," said Paul Viskovich, president, Orion Health North America. "As NC HIE continues to expand, Orion Health will draw upon its years of experience working with regional and statewide HIEs in the U.S. and abroad to ensure that the organization's technology infrastructure and provider tools will facilitate higher quality care for patients throughout the state."

The NC DIRECT solution is free for participants of NC HIE. The cost for non-members is one hundred dollars per year, per mailbox.

North Carolina Health Information Exchange (NC HIE) is a private nonprofit that provides North Carolina's health care system with a Health Information Exchange (HIE) technology infrastructure to support real time access, exchange and analysis of health information. NC HIE makes critical data available when and where it's needed to improve health outcomes and control health care costs for North Carolina residents.

About Orion Health Inc.
Orion Health, Inc. is the only global, independently owned eHealth software company and is the world's leading provider of health information exchange (HIE) and healthcare integration solutions. Worldwide, Orion Health solutions are used in 30 countries by more than 300,000 clinicians. In the United States, thousands of clinicians and hundreds of provider facilities and OEM partners rely on Orion Health to facilitate data exchange between hospitals, health systems, HIEs, and affiliated clinicians and medical devices, resulting in improved care coordination, increased cost savings and efficiencies, and enhanced quality of care.

In the U.S., Orion HealthTM HIE provides the technology backbone for state and regional HIEs across the country. Orion Health Rhapsody® Integration Engine, now celebrating its ten-year anniversary, is used by nearly all state and local health departments for public health reporting. Orion Health’s U.S. customers include Catholic Health Initiatives, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Beacon Community of the Inland Northwest, Geisinger Health System, Inland Empire HIE, Kaiser Permanente, Lahey Clinic, Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum, Lehigh Valley Health Network, Maine HealthInfoNet, Ochsner Health System, St. Vincent's HealthCare and UCLA Medical Center. Orion Health's partners include leading health system integrators and IT vendors such as Accenture, Allscripts, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, Philips and others.