KHIN update: What a difference a year makes

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It is has been almost a year since the Kansas Health Information Network, Inc. (KHIN) received a Temporary Certificate of Authority to do health information exchange business in Kansas. In that short time the health information exchange landscape in Kansas has skyrocketed. In August 2012, Via Christi Health Systems and HCA Wesley became the first Kansas health care organizations to share health data. Just 10 months later, 42 Kansas health care systems are live sharing data including all of the largest health systems in Kansas. Nineteen others are actively testing data and 3200 providers have the ability to exchange secure messages. KHIN members can now access information on almost 900,000 Kansas patients, electronically send immunizations to the state registry, electronically send syndromic surveillance data to the CDC and securely communicate with other health care providers through the DIRECT protocols which comply with all HIPAA regulations. Soon, they will be able to provide a personal health record to all of their patients.

In June 2012 the state regulatory organization, Kansas Health Information Exchange (KHIE) began the process of managing patient consent to participate in health information exchange. Since Kansas is an opt-out state patients are included in the health information exchange unless they take proactive action to contact KHIE and opt themselves out. Now one year later, after a media campaign and significant press coverage only 320 patients have opted out.

The last year has marked significant progress for KHIN and Kansas in ensuring that critical patient health information is available at the point of care. The large number of hospitals and health care providers participating in KHIN and the low number of patients choosing to opt-out is strong indication of the value that health information exchange brings to Kansas health care.

For more information on KHIN, visit www.khinonline.org or contact Laura McCrary at lmccrary@khinonline.org.

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