For Immediate Release
December 15, 2009

KDHE Office of Communications
communications@kdheks.gov, 785-296-0461

Health Information Exchange meeting announced

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), the state designee for health information technology, announces a meeting of the e-Health Advisory Council will be held Wednesday, December 16. The meeting will be from 12-5 p.m. at the Kansas Health Institute, 212 S.W. Eighth Avenue, Suite 300, Topeka, and is open to the public. 

Wednesday's meeting will feature guest speaker Tony Rodgers. Rodgers was the Director of the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, the single state Medicaid agency for Arizona, and has now accepted a consulting position with Health Management Associates (HMA).  

The e-Health Advisory Council is a group of health care stakeholders that is guiding the planning and implementation process of health information exchange in Kansas. The next meeting will be scheduled January 14, 2010. 

Currently, the e-Health Advisory Council has been meeting in workgroups which focus on certain facets of the project, including: governance, technology, business operations, finance and legal. In January 2010, the e-Health Advisory Council will begin consolidating the efforts of the workgroups into a strategic plan for Kansas. Throughout 2010, the Council will focus on creating the operational and strategic plans. 

The primary goal of health information exchange is to allow healthcare providers and stakeholders to share data for coordinating patient care and to support public entities in understanding and improving health goals for the entire population. Every state will receive funding from the U..S. Department of Health and Human Services to help achieve the national goal of every American having an electronic health record by 2014.

More information is available at www.kanhit.org.