Governor Steve Beshear issued an Executive Order in August 2009, establishing the Governor’s Office of Electronic Health Information (GOEHI) in the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) to oversee the advancement of health information exchange in Kentucky.
Work immediately began on the technical infrastructure of KHIE. Funding for this momentous task was received from both the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). In addition to the funding opportunity, the ARRA provided a roadmap and guidance to the development and implementation of the nationwide electronic health information system. As a result, almost every state in the country is strengthening efforts to transform the nation’s healthcare system from paper records to electronic.
Kentucky received more than $9 million to advance the use of electronic health information exchange and support eligible healthcare providers across the state in achieving stage 1 meaningful use of certified technology. Eligible providers who demonstrate meaningful use of certified EMRs began receiving incentive payments in January 2011.
In light of the benefits and consequences to healthcare providers and consumers alike, KHIE has a solid commitment to support statewide adoption of electronic health information exchange.
KHIE provides a common, secure electronic information infrastructure. The KHIE architecture meets national standards to ensure interoperability across various health systems and connectivity to the National Health Information Network (NHIN). The system affords healthcare providers the functionality to support preventive health and disease management through alerts, messaging and other tools. The design of KHIE is flexible. As criteria to determine meaningful use expands beyond stage 1, functionality will be added to support providers in further achieving meaningful use.
KHIE provides a baseline set of functions available across the state to support the exchange of electronic health information. The value of information increases with use, and the value of one set of information increases when linked with other information. Core components of KHIE include a master-patient index, record-locator service, security, provider-user authentication, logging, audits and alerts. The focus of KHIE is on improving the health, quality and safety of healthcare for Kentucky’s residents and visitors through the provision of a statewide, interoperable health information exchange.
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