Background

North Dakota Health Information Network (NDHIN) has created a secure statewide medical record sharing network for providers and consumers. NDHIN’s extensive exchange capabilities encompass ADT messages, medical documentation, lab results, immunizations and much more. It currently maintains 1.2 million patient IDs. In a typical month, over 1,700 users access 11,000 records. Among the broad spectrum of participating organizations are:

  • Nearly all of the state’s hospitals
  • Speciality clinics and practices
  • Pharmacies
  • Dialysis centres
  • Rehabilitation facilities

Strategic Objectives and Directions

Following a strategic review several years ago, NDHIN has embraced advanced, interoperable technology to exchange information in service of care coordination, analytics, and population health management. “Harnessing technology to serve citizens throughout North Dakota’s rural and urban communities is a major priority,” said Shila Thorson, Director of North Dakota Health Information Technology. “We are enhancing statewide data connectivity to more thoroughly understand patients’ conditions, allowing for up-to-the-minute decisions and faster diagnoses.” Like most HIEs, NDHIN is also pursuing sustainable growth.