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KHIN has been working closely with a team of Kansas health care professionals to identify a technology company that can provide a personal health care record for all Kansas patients. This is particularly important in improving Kansas health care outcomes and it will be the first statewide personal health care record in the nation.
The KHIN PHR team feels that the establishment of a statewide PHR is very important for the following reasons:
The KHIN Patient Portal will be available in Q4 2013. For more information please contact Laura McCrary Ed.D at email@example.com.
The Kansas Health Information Network (KHIN) welcomed its first pharmacy to the KHIN network in December 2012: Funk Pharmacy in Concordia, KS. This is an important milestone as pharmacies are critically important in the development of a statewide health information exchange. Participation of Kansas pharmacies in KHIN improves the health of Kansas patients by assuring safe and effective medication use and supports the pharmacist's optimized role in health care delivery. KHIN supports pharmacists in improving patient care through the following:
Pharmacies that would like more information regarding KHIN can contact Laura McCrary Ed.D at firstname.lastname@example.org. .
A key metric associated with the value of a health information exchange is the number of unique patients that are represented in the exchange. This is important because when a physician or other health care provider searches in the exchange they want to find data on their patients.
On February 4, 2013 KHIN patient numbers hit 200,000. The patients in the exchange are from all over the state but about 70% are from the Wichita area. This is due in large part to the participation of the two largest health systems in Kansas, Via Christi Health and HCA Wesley. At this time about 40% of the population of Sedgwick County is represented in the exchange. This makes the exchange particularly valuable for health care providers in this area (see related article from Sedgwick County Health Department).
KHIN patient numbers are growing rapidly. For the month of January 2013 the numbers grew about 10,000 patients each week. This is due to the addition of new facilities into KHIN but also new patients that are being seen in the existing facilities.
KHIN expects that patient numbers throughout the state will increase rapidly during the spring and summer months of 2013 as a significant number of hospitals will begin sharing data in the exchange. Regular reports of total patient numbers will be available from KHIN by request for specific counties or geographical areas.
Meeting all of the MU2 requirements in 2014 will be a significant challenge for most Kansas health care providers. KHIN is working closely with KDHE to make sure that KHIN participants can meet all of the public health measures including sending immunizations to WebIZ and syndromic surveillance data to the CDC. KHIN is currently sending data to both and at the end of January KHIN had sent over 500,000 transactions to the CDC and 16,000 immunizations had been sent to WebIZ.
KHIN and KDHE are also working closely together to establish two pilot sites that will help Kansas providers.
Lastly, KHIN is working to develop a statewide personal health record that KHIN members can use to share care summaries with patients and securely communicate with patients (see associated article).
Meeting the Stage 2 Meaningful Use requirements will be a significant undertaking for all health care providers. KHIN will be supporting Kansas health care providers in meeting those measures that can best be met through a health information exchange. For more information please contact Laura McCrary at email@example.com.
Recently, an epidemiologist on-call at the Sedgwick County Health Department (SCHD), received a telephone call from a local laboratory regarding an infant's positive pertussis (whooping cough) result. In addition to the test result, the laboratory provided the patient's name and date of birth. The epidemiologist logged on to the new Health Information Exchange, Kansas Health Information Network (KHIN), with the hope of uncovering more information about this case.
On KHIN, the epidemiologist learned the infant was in a local hospital and the patient summary indicated the infant was experiencing severe respiratory symptoms. The epidemiologist was able to see the patient's address and telephone numbers. Armed with the KHIN information and the laboratory result, the epidemiologist placed calls to the hospital's department supervisor and the patient's health care provider.
At the suggestion of the hospital department supervisor, the epidemiologist directly contacted the nurses caring for the infant. They had not yet received word of the positive test result. The nurses immediately requested orders for antibiotics and instituted measures to help the patient and prevent the spread of the illness to healthcare personnel. The nurses notified the infant's parent of the positive test and informed the parent that the health department would call. The epidemiologist called the parent to discuss the symptoms and possible exposure and also the antibiotic prophylaxis of contacts to prevent the spread of the illness.
Subsequently, KHIN was again accessed to follow up and complete the case. At this time, more information was available in KHIN, including a case management report, other test results and final laboratory result report, all of which contributed to the investigation.
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