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North Carolina Community Health Information Portal

New insights through the geo-location of data

The North Carolina Community Health Information Portal (NC-HIP) is a web-based application designed to allow researchers, public health professionals, hospital executives and other policymakers to generate new insights from existing public and private databases. NC-HIP allows users to geo-map their own health data alongside major public health data sets. With minimal training, users can upload their own Excel spreadsheets, juxtapose them with public health databases and transform the combined data into powerful, actionable visuals. Mapping down to data at the local level gives users a critical decision support tool useful in community assessments, public health interventions, budgeting, grant proposals, care management, and the allocation of resources. For example, overlaying data on access to health care services with disease trends may provide insight into what types of populations and locations may be underserved for specific services.

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Notes for users: The Resources Tab within the NC-HIP tool includes helpful information such as: Quick-start training videos, a list of all data indicators in NC-HIP, and other documentation.

Advanced tools for CCNC Informatics Center users: Users with a CCNC Informatics Center (IC) account and password can get Network-level access including additional data sets by logging in here. IC users are also invited to log in to the Friends of NC-HIP SharePoint site for additional tips and information on how to get the most out of NC-HIP.

Background: NC-HIP is the result of a collaborative effort between CCNC, Health Landscapes, Inc., the NC Institute for Public Health and the Robert Graham Center of the American Academy of Family Physicians. CCNC’s aim is to give doctors, public health workers and policymakers a novel and robust tool for responding to the health needs of the community. By revealing the interaction between disease, public health, demographics and access to care, NC-HIP can help in optimal allocation of scarce health care resources.

Data used by the tool includes:

  • U.S. Census Bureau
  • DHHS Health Indicators Warehouse
  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Chronic Conditions Warehouse
  • Institute of Medicine
  • Robert Wood Johnson Health Indicators
  • Healthy People 2020 and Healthy NC 2020 Indicators
  • Medicaid claims
  • CCNC chart review measures