Two North Carolina Health Care Systems to Test the North Carolina Health Exchange

In June of 2009, we posted a blog about the Social Security Administration showing benefits to using electronic file transfer to acquire records of those who were attempting to receive benefits. It seems like the electronic files are catching on in the health care world too. In today’s online version of the Triangle Business Journal, there is an article about two North Carolina health systems (WakeMed and Moses Cone) testing the new North Carolina Healthcare Exchange. The aim of the NC Healthcare Exchange follows:

The goal of the project is to create a centralized database of patient records that would be accessible by hospitals, physicians groups and other health care providers. Such a system would aim to create a single medical record for each patient – reducing the opportunities for error caused by different sets of medical records being kept by multiple providers for a single patient.

In respects to the people of North Carolina who are seeking Social Security disability benefits, this is good news if it catches on a performs well. One, if not the most, vital part in a SSD claim is your medical records. If you have moved around over time and visited many different health care facilities, and also many different doctors within a facility, this initiative will be able to have a electronic database of everyone you have seen. Simply, it will make things quicker as tests by the SSA in Virginia have proved:

The initial test started with MedVirginia, a medical information exchange serving central Virgina. With this new process in place the Social Security Administration stated that the average waiting time on a decision was cut down from 83 days (roughly 3 months) to 32 days (roughly a month).