Health and Family Services Cabinet
e-Health Network Board to Participate in National Project
Kentucky Joins Effort to Assess Health Information Systems
The Cabinet for Health and Family Services learned today that CHFS and the Kentucky e-Health Network Board will participate in a project spearheaded by RTI International, the National Governors Association and the federal Department for Health and Human Services to improve the effectiveness of electronic health information exchange.
The project, the Health Information Security and Privacy Collaboration (HISPC), is intended to assess how business policies, practices and state laws related to privacy and security affect the exchange of electronic health information. The overarching goal is to provide a broad assessment of current practices in order to develop a nationwide electronic health information network.
RTI and HHS sent contract proposals for the project to governor’s offices around the country. Governor Ernie Fletcher designated the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) to apply for this contract and work collaboratively with the Kentucky Healthcare Infrastructure Authority, a cooperative venture by the University of Louisville and the University of Kentucky.
“In the spirit of Senate Bill 2, the legislation that created the e-Health Network Board, we wanted to bring the best minds from the universities and the cabinet as well as the private sector together to move forward with this project,” said Governor Fletcher. “By participating, Kentucky will play an important role in improving health outcomes and efficiency on a national level. We’re excited about getting started and moving closer to the goal set forth by President Bush of having the majority of American’s medical records in electronic format by 2014.”
The project will require a steering committee and additional working groups. Numerous volunteers representing all areas of the health care field have been recruited to participate in the work, which will take place between May 2006 and March 2007.
“This project brings many people to the table from academics to health care practitioners to representatives from the legal and insurance fields. It will be a great collaboration,” said CHFS Chief of Staff Shawn M. Crouch. “Not only will this allow us to advance e-Health in Kentucky, we will play a role in informing national efforts.”