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KHIN Chosen as Carequality Pilot Site

Sequoia projectKHIN has been chosen to participate in a pilot to test national connectivity. The project is sponsored by the Sequoia Project, formerly the Nationwide Health Information Network (NwHIN) and Healtheway. Carequality was formed under Healtheway with an ambitious goal to tie together the many valuable health information exchange activities occurring throughout the country and solve the final mile of interoperability between them. The ultimate mission is to create a system much like the ATM network in banking, where healthcare organizations will be able to share information securely over the internet, regardless of the specific technology platform or network they use.

Pilot Participants include:

  • Coordinated Care of Oklahoma
  • eClinical Works
  • EPIC
  • Greenway
  • HIETexas
  • InterMountain Healthcare
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Kansas Health Information Network (KHIN)
  • NetSmart
  • SureScripts
  • Utah Health Information Network

KHIN Image Sharing Pilot—FAST and FREE for 10 KHIN Members

Offsite LogoIn July, KHIN launched its image sharing pilot with 10 sites. These sites all agreed to participate in the project and provide feedback to the KHIN team regarding the value and applicability of sharing DICOM radiology images between providers and patients. Managing and sharing radiology images has proven to be a difficult task for many hospitals and clinics resulting in costly redundancies, delayed diagnoses, and frustrations for both patients and providers.

KHIN partnered with Offsite Image Management to offer a new way to share images using a cloud-based, cost effective method of sharing radiology exams called Virtual CD which alleviates these concerns. Virtual CD removes CD burning from the process. Rather, it introduces a method in which providers rely upon a secure URL to upload or gain access to radiology images stored in the cloud.

Virtual CD allows secure access by utilizing a dedicated URL, which can be integrated as part of DIRECT messaging. Because the image is stored in a vendor neutral format, there are no roadblocks between hospitals or physicians using disparate systems.

For more information about the image sharing pilot please contact Mary Matzke at mmatzke@khinonline.org.

NEW 2016 Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas QBRP Incentive Payments

BCBSKSBlue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas announced their new incentive payment model for 2016. The incentives are for eligible providers and hospitals and include 1.5 percent for providers who are querying at least 60 times a quarter for patients in KHIN. However, this year it also includes additional incentive payments for providers who are sending discrete data in real time to KHIN. This includes patient demographics, visit information, diagnosis, procedures, lab results, progress notes and medications. A total of a 6% incentive is available for providers who send all of the data sets and query KHIN.

For more information about the incentive payments please refer to the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Quality Reimbursement Reporting Program or contact your KHIN Project Manager.

KHIN Hires Integration Engineer for Public Health

Haerich NealKHIN is pleased to announce the employment of Neal Haerich as a KHIN Integration Engineer. Neal has already begun working with Kansas hospitals and physicians to assist them in completing their public health integrations that are required to meet Meaningful Use Stage 2. Neal assists KHIN members in transporting a variety of public health messages to the appropriate registries including; immunizations, positive electronic lab results, syndromic surveillance, infectious diseases and cancer information. Neal can be contacted at nhearich@khinonline.org.

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