What is HIE?

Electronic health information exchange (HIE) allows doctors, nurse practitioners/physician assistants, nurses, pharmacists, and other health care providers to appropriately access and securely share a patient’s vital medical information electronically—improving the speed, quality, safety and cost of patient care. 

Secure and timely sharing of patient information can better inform decision-making at the point of care and allows providers to:

  • Avoid readmissions
  • Avoid medication errors
  • Improve diagnoses
  • Improve care quality
  • Decrease duplicate testing

“Health Information Exchange” can also depict the type of organizations that facilitate data exchange through technology and services. NCHIIN is Humboldt County’s HIE. NCHIIN connects providers using technology, while maintaining patient privacy and data security, to improve the health of community members.


HIE Privacy Policy

The privacy and security of patient data is of the highest importance for us. We safeguard your data using advanced industry technology.

HIE Participant Fees

During its regular meeting on November 6, 2014, the NCHIIN Board of Directors voted to change its HIE Fee Schedule pursuant to Section 12.3 of the Participation Agreement:

Data Recipient Fee.  The fee will be $450.00 per year, per clinician.*  The fee will be invoiced biannually. *For data recipients that are facilities (such as hospital and labs), fees will be based on the number of results received at a uniform rate of $0.06 a result.   The fee will be invoiced quarterly.

Data Supplier Fee.  The Fee will be based on the number of results delivered to Data Recipients from the Data Supplier and at a uniform rate to all Data Suppliers of $.06 a result. The fee will be invoiced quarterly.

Annual Interface Maintenance Fee.  Following the first year of service, annual maintenance fees for interfaces will be assessed at 20% of the interface development cost. This fee will be invoiced annually.

HIE Opt-out

How is my data protected?

Your personal health information is protected by physician-patient confidentiality, federal and state privacy regulations and technical safeguards meeting industry standards. Electronic records offer the added security of electronic tracking systems, which provide a history of when records have been accessed and who has accessed them.



Patients have the option to opt-out parts of Health Information Exchange (HIE).  However care providers will continue to use the HIE to receive medical Information, like medical information and reports they order.  If you chose to opt-out, care providers will not be able to access the electron information in your health history that they did not order,  We encourage patients to talk with their care providers or NCHIIN staff before making their decision to Opt-out.

Additional information can be found here:

To Opt-Out:

  • Download Opt-Out Form
  • Complete the Form
  • Return to NCHIIN at 2315 Dean Street, Eureka, CA 95501 or fax to 707-443-2527

Can I choose to opt back in the NCHIIN system?

Yes. You can simply complete the Opt-In form and return it to NCHIIN at 2315 Dean Street, Eureka, CA 95501. Alternatively, you can fax the completed form to 707.443.2527.

Can I choose to exclude certain test results or pay out of pocket for a procedure so my insurance company won’t know about it?

NCHIIN cannot exclude specific information from the exchange.