Solstas First to Power North Carolina HIE (5/14/12)

Solstas Lab Partners and North Carolina Health Information Exchange (NC HIE) have agreed to collaborate on the state's first laboratory-supportedhealthinformationexchange. NC HIE operates North Carolina's statewide health information exchange, a secure, standardized electronic system where providers can share important patient health information across multiple enterprises.

"Accessible health information is at the center of the next wave in patient care," said Bryan Firestone, Solstas'chief information officer. "Thiscollaborationwith NC HIE is in direct correlation with that initiative, as well as Solstas' core values of enhancing patient care. We're thrilled to participate as the first reference laboratory in the state of North Carolina."

Solstas will be the first reference laboratory to provide health information to NC HIE's health information exchange(HIE). NC HIE isthe state-designated entityresponsible for the execution and oversight of North Carolina's HIE strategy, including the completion and submission of the state's HIE Strategic and Operational Plans. Solstas will play a key role in generating and sharing health information that will allow NC HIE to meet its mission of "making North Carolina the state with the finest healthcare in the United States [which] includes health care quality, safety and efficiency in North Carolina."

"Our goal is to provide medical professionals across North Carolina with the information they need to make the best decisions for their patients, and working with Solstas Lab Partners to facilitate the secure transfer of patient data will benefit everyone involved," said Jeff Miller, CEO of NC HIE. "Our over-riding goal is to improve the quality of care patients receive, help control medical costs and put physicians on the right path to achieve meaningful use requirements. This collaboration with Solstas is a significant step in achieving those goals."

The implementation of the initial HIE-Solstas interfaceshouldbe fully operational by mid-July, 2012.