One Hundred Providers, Hospitals Have Made the KHIE Connection
The Kentucky Health Information Exchange (KHIE) has reached an important milestone in its efforts to connect hospitals, health care providers and other facilities across the state with the recent signing of the 100th KHIE data participant. This means 100 participants are either “live” on the health information exchange or have signed a participation agreement, which sets the wheels in motion to connect to the system.
“Reaching 100 KHIE data participants is a tremendous achievement as we create a statewide health information exchange and exemplifies the progress we are making in Kentucky,” said Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) Secretary Janie Miller. “The ability to share data electronically will dramatically alter not only the speed with which we are able to retrieve information at the point of care, but will also address things like accuracy and better-informed medical decisions. Ultimately, this will help us build a healthier Kentucky.”
KHIE is a secure, interoperable network by which participating providers with certified Electronic Health Record (EHR) technology can locate and share needed patient information with each other. This results in improved care and easier information sharing among physician offices, hospitals, labs and various health systems.
“Connectivity through KHIE promotes the comprehensive management of health information,” said Polly Mullins-Bentley, deputy director of the Governor’s Office of Electronic Health Information. “Access to the exchange gives providers the ability to view other participating providers’ records to see a patient’s medical history. Ultimately, we will make recordkeeping more streamlined, reduce medical error and provide better health care for all Kentuckians.”
The goal of KHIE is to provide connectivity to as many providers as possible over the next few years with little or no startup costs – using $9.75 million awarded under the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The KHIE team, supported by the CHFS Office of Administrative and Technology Services, has been working to connect hospitals, providers, optometrists and other eligible facilities to the network.
View the list of the first 100 connectors online.