- TOPWhat is the Kentucky Health Information Exchange (KHIE)?
The Kentucky Health Information Exchange (KHIE) is the information system that will support statewide exchange of health information among healthcare providers and organizations, according to nationally recognized standards.
KHIE is a federated system—which means a physician can access a patient’s health information directly from the electronic health records of the other physicians, hospitals, laboratories, and imaging centers, by whom a patient has been seen.
It is important to note that KHIE is not a databank or centralized records system. The patient’s health information is stored at the point of care or at a location on behalf of the patient’s provider. Through the use of highly specialized software, the provider is able to pull health information from, or send health information to, other providers. A master patient index helps to ensure that the information being pulled is the correct patient’s health information. The system is HIPAA compliant and offers multiple levels of security to ensure patient privacy.
- TOPWhat are the benefits of KHIE?
KHIE provides a common, secure electronic information infrastructure for sharing health information. It is designed according to national standards to ensure interoperability among disparate health records systems. Through connectivity to the Nationwide Health Information Network (NwHIN), KHIE will support health information exchange across states.
KHIE supports patient‐centered care that leads to improvements in quality of care and health outcomes, a reduction in medical errors, and more efficient use of health care dollars.
- TOPIs KHIE for Medicaid providers only?
No. Any licensed provider can use the KHIE. While the initial priority may be on supporting Medicaid and Medicare providers in adoption and Meaningful Use, the goal is to provide the technical infrastructure and support to the fullest extent possible for all providers to participate in health information exchange.
- TOPCan KHIE be used to exchange health information for patients who do not have Medicaid as a payor source?
Yes. The goal is to have full participation among all providers with all patients, regardless of payment mechanisms.
- TOPWhat is Kentucky doing to support health information exchange? To support providers in achieving Meaningful Use?
KHIE provides the technical infrastructure for providers throughout the Commonwealth to engage in health information exchange and achieve Meaningful Use. The system is designed to be vendor and technology neutral with the focus on enabling optimal connectivity and interoperability.
KHIE staff coordinates with the Regional Extension Centers (REC), the state’s Regional Health Information Organizations (RHIO), and other state and community partners to support provider adoption and Meaningful Use.
- TOPAre providers required to electronically exchange health information?
No. The Commonwealth cannot require a provider to participate in health information exchange unless the provider participates in the Kentucky Medicaid Program. Providers serving Medicare patients who fail to demonstrate Meaningful Use before 2015 will face a reduction in the Medicare fee schedule.
- TOPI participate in a Regional Health Information Organization (RHIO)? How will this impact my participation?
The Commonwealth is working with the state’s Regional Health Information Organizations (RHIO) to ensure interoperability and connectivity are maintained between the regional and state health information exchange systems. The goal is to avoid redundancy with a seamless system in place through which the provider will continue to use the RHIO and the RHIO, in turn, will connect with KHIE, and vice versa.
- TOPWill I be able to exchange information electronically with providers in other states?
Yes. KHIE will connect with the Nationwide Health Information Network (NwHIN), which will provide the connectivity for interstate exchange of health information.
- TOPHow will this impact the way in which I report reportable diseases to the state Department for Public Health?
Participation in KHIE will include the provision for the electronic transmissions of reportable disease information to the Department of Public Health system.
- TOPWhat kind of equipment and connectivity do I need?
KHIE technical infrastructure has been designed to be vendor and technology neutral and the KHIE team will work with your technical team and your vendor to determine connectivity options.
- TOPWhere can I get information to educate my staff about health information exchange?
General information, including educational materials targeted to healthcare providers, will be posted to the KHIE website and will be updated regularly. KHIE has staff available to provide additional information through phone calls or 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.
- TOPWill there be anyone available to help my office implement health information exchange?
KHIE will coordinate with the federally funded Kentucky Regional Extension Centers, the state’s Regional Health Information Organizations, 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 that describe efforts under way to support provider adoption and Meaningful Use will be posted on a regular basis to the KHIE website. Providers are strongly encouraged to check the site frequently.
KHIE offers a fully staffed Help Desk.
- TOPWhen can I start using KHIE to exchange patient health information?
The Kentucky Health Information Exchange is open for business. A map of providers who have signed participation agreements to connect to KHIE is available on this website.
- TOPHow can I sign up to participate in KHIE?
View our Welcome Packet for new and interested participants on this website. Contact Polly Mullins-Bentley or Charlese Blair for more information about getting started with KHIE.
- TOPWhat can you tell me about the VHR?
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