HB 855 – Give Clinical Researchers HIE Network Access

Primary House Sponsors: Rep. Verla Insko (D-Orange); Rep. Jon Hardister (R-Guilford); Rep. Carla Cunningham (D-Mecklenburg)


This bill permits a clinical researcher who is conducting or preparing to conduct a clinical investigation approved by an institutional review board to connect to the HIE Network to access protected health information about participants who are enrolled, or applicants who are seeking to enroll, in the clinical investigation provided that the clinical researcher demonstrates compliance with the following criteria: (1) has obtained a signed release from each applicant/participant; (2) is financially independent from the funding sponsor of the clinical investigation; (3) agrees to access the HIE Network on a per-individual basis; and (4) agrees to limit the use of each applicant’s/participant’s protected health information to one or more specified purposes.



Filed – 5/4/2021