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March-April 2014

KHIN certified to transport MU2 public health measures

As our first group of KHIN members begin their 90-day window for Meaningful Use 2 Attestation we are pleased to announce that we have helped many transport their public health measures to KDHE. KHIN is approved by KDHE to transport the following messages: immunizations, syndromic surveillance, electronic labs for reportable diseases, infectious diseases and we are finalizing the process to transport cancer case information to the cancer registry.

KHIN is pleased to provide this assistance to our members and the state of Kansas by providing additional resources to test the measures and transport them in a compliant method. If you are a KHIN member and need assistance in transporting your public health measures please reach out to your project manager.

KHIN achieves full Certificate of Authority

Certificate Authority 42014KHIN is pleased to announce that on April 1, 2014 the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) confirmed that KHIN completed all of the requirements necessary to receive a full KDHE Certificate of Authority for health information exchange business in Kansas. KHIN is the only Health Information Organization in the state of Kansas that has earned a FULL Certificate of Authority.

In July 2013, KHIN was granted a Provisional Certificate of Authority and was provided with five requirements to be met by July 1, 2014. Several months ahead of schedule, KHIN successfully completed all five requirements and was granted a full KDHE Certificate of Authority. The five requirements are:

  1. Transmission of member immunization data to WebIZ
  2. Transmission of member syndromic surveillance data to BioSense
  3. Transmission of member electronic lab reports for reportable diseases to EpiTrax
  4. Implementation of patient portal for all members
  5. Full query connection between KHIN and LACIE

KHIN has completed all of these requirements and is pleased to provide this level of assurance to its membership.

KHIN to provide MU2 attestation certificates

KHIN, in conjunction with KDHE, will begin sending MU2 Certificates of Accomplishment to its members who meet the MU2 requirements through KHIN. The certificates can be used for purposes of a Meaningful Use Audit. The certificates will be verified and signed by both KHIN and KDHE. Please contact the KHIN office to request a certificate if you have not received one and feel you meet the requirements.

Certificates will include the following types:

  1. Certification of Exchange with another EHR product for KHIN members sending CCDAs to KHIN or via DIRECT to another EHR.

  2. Certification of Use of myHealth eRecord modular PHR (Personal Health Record) product for View Download and Transfer (VDT) in conjunction with reports of patient utilization.

  3. Certification of Data Testing/Transport to Public Health Registries (this will also require KDHE verification)

  • Immunizations
  • Syndromic Surveillance
  • Electronic Lab Reporting
  • Cancer Registry
  • Infectious Disease Registry

Please contact your KHIN Project Manager to verify you have met the measure or if you need any further information.

KHIN co-founder of HIO consortium

HIO Consortium MapOn February 19, 2014 KHIN participated in a press release with 15 other Health Information Organizatinss announcing the formation of a new consortium designed to assist HIOs in the Mid-West and Rocky Mountain States. The newly formed Mid-States Consortium of Health Information Organizations will allow its members to work more closely together by sharing data across state lines for purposes of patient care. One of the group's primary goals is to advocate for more robust forms of health information exchange (HIE), such as query-based HIE, and ensure that health information appropriately follows patients that require health care services outside of their home town or home state. The group is also advocating for the unique needs of rural areas related to health information technology and HIE.

Founding members of the Mid-States Consortium of Health Information Organizations include:

  1. Colorado Regional Health Information Organization
  2. Community Health Information Collaborative (Minnesota)
  3. Coordinated Care Oklahoma
  4. Health Information Network Of Arizona
  5. HealthShare, Montana, Inc.
  6. Idaho Health Data Exchange
  7. Iowa Health Information Network
  8. Kansas Health Information Network, Inc.
  9. Missouri Health Connection
  10. MyHealth Access Network, Inc. (Oklahoma)
  11. Nebraska Health Information Initiative
  12. North Dakota Health Information Network
  13. Quality Health Network (Colorado)
  14. South Dakota Health Link at DOH
  15. Southeast Texas Health System
  16. SMRTNET (Oklahoma)

A seventeenth organization, the Community Service Council, based out of Tulsa, Oklahoma, is not an HIO but has joined the Mid-States Consortium of HIOs as a supporting organization. For more information on the MSC-HIO please contact Laura McCrary at lmccrary@khinonline.org.

KHIN jump starts 2014

January and February of 2014 were good months for KHIN. In January nine facilities moved into production and in February seven additional facilities moved into production. While data interoperability and integration are still complicated and challenging issues, KHIN's experienced team is now moving at a more expedient rate through the data testing, user acceptance testing and production timeline.

The chart below reflects the number of facilities in production with KHIN by year and by vendor.

KHIN Jump Starts 2014 - Table

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