Kansas to Gain Statewide Digital Health Network
A new statewide electronic health information exchange (HIE) will “go live” this summer, offering Kansas health providers an electronic network to manage patient information and patient care. The health information exchange is scheduled to launch July 1. The service will allow medical providers that register with the network to share and search for patient records. Two HIE services have been approved to operate in Kansas: the Kansas Health Information Network (KHIN) and the Lewis and Clark Information Exchange (LACIE). Health care providers who diagnose and treat a patient can quickly and securely access the exchanges to electronically obtain medical history from other providers who may have previously been involved in treating that same patient. When the systems launch in July, access to medical records will be limited to providers who have a patient’s permission and are providing care to the patient.
The REACH Foundation awarded a grant to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment in 2009 to support early development of the Kansas Health Information Network (KHIN).
Read KHI News stories on the launch of the digital health network: