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A doctor consulting a computer and discussing information with a patient.The ultimate goal of KHIE is to add as many providers as possible over the next year. The Cabinet for Health and Family Services was awarded $9.75 million under the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to implement a statewide electronic health network. Since then, a strategic operational plan has been developed to address the requirements of the Office of National Coordinator (ONC) in the federal Department for Health and Human Services. To move forward and receive the ARRA funding, the ONC approved the strategic and operation plan for KHIE.

Hospitals, physician practices, labs, pharmacies and other health entities are making the KHIE connection. In fact, it’s easier than you might think. Interested providers are encouraged to contact KHIE to learn more about joining the exchange.

The KHIE Community Portal Virtual Health Record (VHR) is entirely Web-based. Subsequently, the comprehensive electronic health record can be made available, regardless of the type of electronic medical record (EMR) or IT system employed at the source. This connectivity is achieved either through Web services, using the Continuity of Care Document (CCD), or through the VHR, using edge server connectivity via a virtual private network (VPN).

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