The HIEA is working with the NC Department of Health and Human Services and Appriss Health to build a single sign-on to the NC HealthConnex clinical portal utilizing the Appriss interface.

This integration will create an additional pathway for providers to access the state’s prescription drug monitoring program, NC CSRS (Controlled Substances Reporting System) and help combat the opioid epidemic in North Carolina. Perthe Strengthen Opioid Misuse Prevention (STOP) Act of 2017, or the STOP Act(NCSL 2017-74), health care providers in North Carolina who prescribe controlled substances must access a patient report from the CSRS to verify a patient’s prescription fill history of controlled substances prior to writing prescriptions for targeted controlled substances.

Thisphase 1 integration allows the end user already accessing the longitudinal NC HealthConnex clinical portal to view the CSRS report along with the risk scores without leaving the HIE Portal. This simple process does not require the user to log into another system outside of the HIE portal and is integrated into the portal workflow. When the provider views the report, the system automatically records that into the audit logs, providing support for CSRS use requirements in the STOP Act. The anticipated delivery of this service is Quarter 1 of 2019.

Additional means of delivering CSRS reports and data directly into NC HealthConnex participants’ workflows are also being explored for subsequent implementation.The NC HIEA anticipates this work later next year to be especially beneficial for participants that utilize an EHR that cannot support the Appriss API, as well as others who wish to limit the number of new interfaces to external systems.