Upgrade to health network beneficial, CHFS says

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) – The Cabinet for Health and Family Services has announced improvements to a network that allows health providers to share information across the state.

The updated Kentucky Health Information Exchange, or KHIE, has moved to a new platform with enhanced functionality and features, according to CHFS officials. The secure, statewide network allows providers to locate and share electronic medical records to improve care of the patient.

“KHIE grew out of the push for a nationwide effort to convert paper medical records to electronic data that can be shared more readily,” said CHFS Secretary Adam Meier. “The value is recognized at the point of care, when healthcare providers can quickly access a comprehensive, more holistic view of a patient’s health history.”

More than 100 hospitals and approximately 2,500 ambulatory healthcare sites, including doctors’ offices and pharmacies, are connected through KHIE, which is designed to improve the quality, safety and efficiency of care.

Information available on the network includes lab results and pathology, transcribed radiology reports, summaries of care, admit, discharge and transfer notifications, immunizations, and EMS data and health data from correctional facilities. Access is by HIPAA compliant methods.

KHIE’s enhanced functionality will allow users to streamline workflow and access data where needed. The redesigned system also provides notifications for specific healthcare events and integration with KASPER, the Kentucky All Schedule Prescription Electronic Reporting program.

In addition, users have the ability to customize the display of patient data and can access the Kentucky Immunization Registry directly from the system.

“Facilitating a statewide health information exchange within state government offers the ability to collaborate on projects with our sister agencies and other state programs, streamline reporting processes, and enable statewide access to clinical information,” said Robert Putt, Executive Director of the Office for Health Data & Analytics. “CHFS has elected to invest in a new technology platform with KHIE that will extend and expand those benefits.”

The Cabinet says KHIE is a tool that will support improved health outcomes and reduce healthcare costs in Kentucky, especially in rural areas.

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