Kentucky Health Information Exchange

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  1. TOPWhat is the Kentucky Health Information Exchange (KHIE)?

    KHIE is a secure, interoperable electronic network that supports the statewide exchange of patient health information among healthcare providers across the commonwealth. Participating providers with certified electronic health record technology can access, locate and share needed patient health information with other providers at the point of care.    

    Using specialized software, the provider can pull health information from or send health information to other providers. A master patient index helps ensure the information pulled belongs to the correct patient. Furthermore, the system is HIPAA compliant and offers multiple levels of security to ensure patient privacy and confidentiality.

  2. TOPWhat are the benefits of KHIE?

    KHIE provides a common, secure electronic infrastructure for sharing health information while striving to improve care coordination and overall health outcomes and facilitating adoption, integration and the meaningful use of CEHRT. It is designed to national standards to ensure interoperability among different health records systems. Through connectivity with the ehealth exchange, KHIE will support health information exchange across state lines.

    KHIE supports patient-centered care to improve the quality of care and health outcomes of Kentuckians — ultimately to reduce medical errors and make more efficient use of health care dollars.

    Examples of some of the benefits of KHIE include:

    • Timely electronic access to complete and accurate patient information from multiple participating providers
    • Fulfills public health reporting measures for meaningful use objectives as KHIE is the designated public health authority and intermediary in the state of Kentucky
    • Allows providers to access clinical notifications in the continuity of care document viewable in KHIE’s community record, the VHR
    • Supports patient-centered care via care coordination efforts
    • Supports transition of care efforts via KHIE’s health information service provider.
  3. TOPIs KHIE for Medicaid providers only?

    No. Any licensed provider can participate in KHIE. While the initial priority is to support Medicaid and Medicare providers in adoption of certified electronic health record technology and the attestation of meaningful use in the Electronic Health Record Incentive Program, the goal of KHIE is to provide the technical infrastructure and support, to the fullest extent possible, for participating providers in the health information exchange.

  4. TOPCan KHIE be used to exchange health information for patients who do not have Medicaid?

     

    Yes. The goal is to have full participation among all providers with all patients, regardless of payment mechanism.

  5. TOPWhat is Kentucky doing to support health information exchange and help providers achieve meaningful use?

    KHIE provides the technical infrastructure for providers throughout the commonwealth to engage in health information exchange and facilitate the achievement of meaningful use through CEHRT. The system is vendor- and technology-neutral with the focus on enabling optimal connectivity and interoperability. Most importantly, KHIE is the intermediary for public health reporting and the public health authority for meaningful use in the state of Kentucky. As such, KHIE works with providers to report the following data: immunizations, syndromic surveillance, electronic reportable laboratory and cancer cases.

    KHIE staff coordinates with the regional extension centers, the state regional health information organizations and other state and community partners to support provider adoption and meaningful use.

  6. TOPAre providers required to electronically exchange health information?

    No. The commonwealth cannot require a provider to participate in the health information exchange unless the provider participates in the EHR Incentive Program. In this case, providers must attest to the public health reporting objectives, as required by the Meaningful Use Final Rule. KHIE is the public health reporting agency for meaningful use in Kentucky; thus, in order to attest to any public health measures, a connection to KHIE is required.   Additionally, providers who serve Medicare patients and fail to demonstrate meaningful use before 2014 will face a reduction in the Medicare fee schedule and payment adjustments.

  7. TOPI participate in a regional health information organization (RHIO). How will this impact my participation?

    KHIE is working with the state RHIO to ensure interoperability and connectivity is maintained between the regional and state health information exchange systems. The goal is to avoid redundancy by having a seamless system in place through which the provider will continue to use the RHIO and the RHIO, in turn, will connect with KHIE.
  8. TOPWill I be able to exchange information electronically with providers in other states?

    Yes. KHIE will connect with the eHealth Exchange, which will provide the connectivity for interstate exchange of health information.

  9. TOPHow will this impact the way in which I report reportable diseases to the state Department for Public Health?

    Participation in KHIE includes the electronic transmissions of reportable disease information to the Department of Public Health. As the public health authority for meaningful use in Kentucky, reportable information will be routed through KHIE to the National Electronic Diseases Surveillance System for disease reporting.

  10. TOPWhat kind of equipment and connectivity do I need?

    KHIs technical infrastructure is vendor- and technology-neutral and the KHIE team will work with your technical team and your vendor to determine connectivity options.

  11. TOPWhere can I get information to educate my staff about health information exchange?

    General information, including educational materials targeted to healthcare providers, is posted on the KHIE website and is updated regularly. KHIE staff provides additional information through monthly conference calls, scheduled phone calls, conferences, summits and additional site visits as necessary. Find the information to get the help you need from KHIE on the contact page or fill out a contact form here.
  12. TOPHow can my office receive help to meet meaningful use and connect with the health information exchange?

    Connect to KHIE
    KHIE has six outreach coordinators strategically positioned across the state to help providers connect to KHIE. More information

    Meet meaningful use
    KHIE coordinates with the RECs, RHIOs and other state and community partners to support provider adoption and meaningful use. Contact information for the RECs in Kentucky can be found on the Contact KHIE page on this website.

    Updates describing efforts under way to support provider adoption and MU are posted on a regular basis to the KHIE website. Providers are strongly encouraged to check the site frequently.

  13. TOPWhen can I start using KHIE to exchange patient health information?

    The Kentucky Health Information Exchange is live and participants live on KHIE are able to retrieve and send timely patient health information at the point of care. A map of providers who are live with the KHIE is available on this website.
  14. TOPHow can I sign up to participate in KHIE?

    Contact the KHIE outreach coordinator in your area. Locate your regional outreach coordinator.
  15. TOPWhat can you tell me about KHIE community record, the virtual health record?

    View the KHIE community record FAQs for answers to commonly asked questions.
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