Finding Success in a Large and Diverse Multi-State HIE
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT
Kansas Health Information Network (KHIN) has implemented a health information exchange (HIE) to connect a broad geographic region that covers large urban and rural areas in Kansas and Missouri. KHIN’s goal is to connect 80% of all health care providers by 2016. This total will include 105 counties in Kansas and 12 counties in Missouri, 112 hospitals, 6300 eligible providers, 175 rural health and safety net clinics, 71 public health departments, 22 community mental health centers, 600 pharmacies and 125 labs. KHIN founding organizations include the Kansas Medical Society, the Kansas Hospital Association, and the two health information exchange organizations representing the large urban areas, eHealthAlign in Kansas City and the Wichita Health Information Exchange (WHIE).
Dr. McCrary and Ms. Boyle-Townsend will provide a high-level overview of the KHIN project discussing how this model works well for both urban and rural communities and how it is bringing this community model to all participants, not just to hospitals. They will also discuss how KHIN defines a community as well as the challenges of linking both urban and rural settings with their implicit differences. Kansas has more critical access hospitals than any other state in the U.S., and Dr. McCrary and Ms. Boyle-Townsend will share how this model can be replicated elsewhere in the country.
Currently, KHIN is in the process of building its participant base and developing criteria to evaluate those who are ready to connect. In addition, they will present an overview of the CareAlign® platform, provided by ICA, which enables the exchange of patient information across this broad and diverse geographic and demographic area.
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